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BREAKING! Abu Sayyaf threatens to kill German hostage

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.
He said in German that he will be executed in less than 2 weeks – 3 pm on February 26 – unless P30 million ($600,000*) is paid, according to Singapore's Straits Times.
The Philippine military deferred comment on the video. It still has to be validated, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines public affairs office chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo.
Arevalo said the military discourages payment of ransom. He said they will exert "all efforts to rescue him."
The video follows one that was released only last month to show that Kantner is alive.
The military on November 7 last year reported finding Kantner's yacht, Rockall, adrift off the southern Philippines.
The body of a woman with a bullet wound, later identified by the hostage as his partner, Sabine Merz, was found on board the vessel.
The Abu Sayyaf is a notorious kidnap-for-ransom gang based in the southern Philippines that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.
The Philippine military has targeted to destroy the group by June 2016. (READ: PH military keeps eye on ISIS-linked terror groups amid NPA clashes)
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.

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