MANILA, Philippines – A German hostage of the Abu Sayyaf Group appeared in a new video to say that the local terrorist group threatened to kill him if ransom is not paid soon, according to a non-government counterterrorism organization.
SITE Intelligence Groupsaid the kidnap gang has given an ultimatum on the hostage, threatening to behead him in less than 2 weeks.
The Abu Sayyaf Group is made of up several small armed bands based in the mainly Muslim southern islands of Basilan and Jolo, where they are also holding a Dutch and foreign crew members of several other vessels.
It is blamed for the Philippines' deadliest bombing attacks as well as dozens of kidnappings-for-ransom. The Abu Sayyaf murdered two Canadian hostages last year after ransom demands were not met.