They beheaded him and captured their barbarism on video released Monday after the deadline passed to pay his ransom.
This was the first beheading of a hostage since two Canadians met the same fate in June. Some officials had unreliable information that Kantner was killed because he was sick.
The video shows him in a grassy clearing saying "Now he kill me" just before a masked scumbag beheaded him. Gunmen standing by shout "Allahu Akbar" which means "Our devil is great," or some such thing.
The crap weasels had demanded a $605,000 ransom and still hold 26 hostages. They have made millions from these kidnappings.
Abu Sayyaf claimed they kidnapped Kantner and killed a woman sailing with him off Malaysia's Sabah state. Villagers found the woman dead on a yacht with a German flag off Laparan Island in Sulu province, which is in the southern Philippines.
Kantner and Sabine Merz, his partner, were taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2008--they were later freed. Obviously Kantner had really bad luck to be taken again, but by Muslim extremists who have a sickening blood lust and a penchant to make money off of it.
The Philippine military would only confirm Kantner's death if they could see his remains or some other compelling proof of death. Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said he "will not dignify that video by watching it."
"They can shout and claim whatever they want," Padilla began, "but we will not rely on this," adding that efforts to free local hostages held by these scumcrumpets would continue.
In Germany, Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said the video was being examined by their experts to determine its authenticity, and added that if it is authentic, then it's "deeply shocking."
"It makes you question what can lead people to commit such a barbaric crime, but, at the moment, I'm not in a position to say whether the video's authentic," Schaefer said.
So let's question what can lead people to commit such a barbaric crime.
Well one thing we know about Abu Sayyaf is that they are all Muslim militants, so we must ask ourselves whether Islam has anything to do with such barbaric acts.
Let's look at beheading as it relates to their most holy scripture, the Koran.
Sura 8:12 is one sura justifying beheading as is 47:4.
"When your Lord inspired to the angels, "I am with you, so strengthen those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, so strike upon the necks and strike from them every fingertip." (8:12)
"When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks . . ." (47:4)
There are more verses in the Koran that call for killing of nonbelievers and I would recommend Robert Spencer's website Jihad Watch for further reading.