Philippine army finds remains of beheaded German hostage

Remains of the German national, Jurgen Gustav Kantner (Photo from AFP WESMINCOM)

Remains of the German national, Jurgen Gustav Kantner (Photo from AFP WESMINCOM)

SULU, Philippines — The remains of the German national, Jurgen Gustav Kantner, beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu have been found.

The Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Joint Task Force Sulu recovered Kantner’s remains in Sitio Talibang, Barangay Buanza, Indanan, Sulu on Saturday night.

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The AFP suspects that ASG sub-leader Abu Rami’s group beheaded the German national in the area because they said the group could not have carried the corpse to a far place due to military pressure.

The AFP has recovered the victim’s whole body unlike other previous decapitated ASG hostages whose heads and bodies were disposed separately in different locations.

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The German national’s remains are temporarily stored in a morgue at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Sulu. It is expected to be transported to Manila today.

“It depends. We are just waiting for an available aircraft of navy asset to get the remains here. The SOCO’s (Scene of the Crime Operatives) part is done and the remains are in a closed casket and are ready for transport. Only the required papers remain to be completed,” said Col. Cirilito Sobejana, Jr., Joint Task Force Sulu commander. — Dante Amento | UNTV News and Rescue

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