Islamic militants Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines have beheaded 70-year-old German hostage Jurgen Kantner. They'd been holding him for ransom.
The video confirmed the worst fears of civilians and governments that the captured man had been slain.
Abu Sayyaf, who've carried out some of the worst terror attacks in Philippine history, had demanded a 30 million pesos ($600,000) ransom by Sunday, February 26, 2017 to spare him. It never came.
Kanter had been taken by force from his yacht in waters off the Philippines last year.
That yacht was found drifting on November 7th, with only the body of Kantner's female companion, Sabine Merz. Her body bore a gunshot wound.
The same couple had been kidnapped and held for ransom for 52 days in Somalia back in 2008. They were freed after a huge ransom was purportedly paid.
The Abu Sayyaf have been kidnapping and holding for ransom foreigners and Christians for many decades.
Even after Kantner's execution, they're still holding at least 19 foreigners and seven Filipinos hostage.