"Kidnapped farmer beheaded by Filipino al-Qaeda militants after family fail to pay ransom," by Lizzie Smith for the Daily Mail, May 18
A Filipino farmer kidnapped by Muslim militants has been beheaded after his family failed to pay a ransom for his release.
Police in the Phillipines have recovered the severed head of farm owner Doroteo Gonzales, 61, who had been snatched by gunmen on April 25.
He was taken from his house in the southern Zamboanga city to the nearby Basilan Island, where al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf rebels are holding at least another five people following a surge of ransom kidnappings....
The victim's family had failed to pay a ransom of 25 million pesos ($525,000) for his release, he added.
Regional police head Bensali Jabarani said: 'The Abu Sayyaf has been by far the most violent armed group. They resort to killing their hostages if the situation starts to drag.'...
The Abu Sayyaf, which has about 400 fighters, is believed to have received funds from al-Qaida and is on the U.S. list of terrorist organisations.
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