Philippine Islamic militants Abu Sayyaf have beheaded 70 year old German hostage Jurgen Kantner, after the 30 million pesos (US$600,000) ransom failed to be paid by Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Jurgen Kanter had been abducted from his yacht named the Rockall while sailing off the coast of the Philippines last year. His wife Sabine Merz was shot dead, and the yacht with her corpse on board found drifting out to sea.
Oddly enough, this is the second time Jurgen Kanter and his wife were kidnapped. In 2008, the couple was held for ransom for 52 days after being kidnapped in Somalia. That time they were freed after a huge ransom was purportedly paid. Looks like they never learned a lesson!