Philippine Military Fights Pirates on the Ground

On Saturday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) recovered the body of German yachtsman Jurgen Kantner, who was beheaded by the Islamist terrorist group Abu Sayyaf (ASG) last week. The kidnappers demanded a ransom for Kantner’s release by February 26, and when the deadline passed, they executed him and released a video of his death online.
Over the last year, ASG has made the Sulu and Celebes Seas the riskiest region in the world for maritime piracy, easily outpacing other hotspots like the Straits of Malacca and the Gulf of Guinea. Kantner was the fifth civilian killed in Abu Sayyaf’s kidnapping campaign since last April, and the group still retains over 30 hostages, most of them seafarers.
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