Jurgen Kanter (below) had been abducted from his yacht named the Rockall while sailing off the coast of the Philippines last year. His wife Sabine Merz was shot dead, and the yacht with her corpse on board found drifting out to sea.
This is the second time Jurgen Kanter and his wife were kidnapped by Muslims. In 2008, the couple was held for ransom for 52 days after being kidnapped by al-Shabaab jihadists while sailing off the coast of Somalia. That time, they were freed after a huge ransom was allegedly paid. One would think they would have learned their lesson the first time! Below is an earlier photo of the couple:
Both the head and body of Jurgen Kantner were recovered while the troops were conducting combat, search and retrieval operations in Indanan town in the remote southern province of Sulu, colonel Cirilito Sobejana told reporters.
President Rodrigo Duterte has apologized to Germany for failing to save Kantner while insisting that ransoms should not be paid to Muslim terrorists.