Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants in southern Philippines have threatened to behead one of two German hostages if Berlin fails to pay a P250 million ransom, as well as stopping all support for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The terrorist group has set a deadline of October 10th for Germany to comply with their demands.
Mindanao Examiner: The demands was contained in a letter sent by Abu Rami and a copy was posted on the website “World Analysis,” a nonpartisan, open-source information resource for geopolitical events worldwide, run by Canadian Casey Britton, a former private investigator and information systems developer.
Tsite also showed three photos of two German yachters – Stefan Viktor Okonek, 71, and Herike Diesen, 55, (below) – who disappeared at sea off Palawan Island in the Philippines.
The duo was surrounded by masked gunmen, one of them brandishing a bolo while grabbing the shirt of the terrified Okonek. One of the photos had been shared on Facebook in August. It shows Okonek and Diesen behind a German flag and surrounded by at least 10 gunmen in a forest, and a black flag with an Arabic inscription can be seen in the background.
The letter reads: “The Abu Sayyaf is warning the families of the hostages and the German government, and the Philippine government – first, you give us our demand of P250 million up to October 10, 2014 – or we will behead one of the hostage; secondly, Germany must cease its support to America on the killings of our brother Muslims in Iraq and Sham (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine), and our brother mujahedeen“.