Malaysian premier outraged over beheading of hostage in Philippines

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Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday expressed outrage over the beheading of a Malaysian hostage in the southern Philippines.

Malaysian Bernard Ghen Ted Fen, 39-year-old engineer, was executed on Tuesday by suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels in the southern Philippines where he had been held captive for over six months, according to a Philippine military official.

“I, the government, and all Malaysians are shocked and sickened by the murder of our countryman … and we condemn it in its strongest terms,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

“We call upon authorities to take action against those who have perpetrated this savage and barbaric act and ensure that they are brought to justice,” added Najib, who is in Manila attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Ted Fen was abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels alongside Malaysian restaurant owner Thien Nyuk Fun on May 14 from the town of Sandakan.

Thien was freed on November 9 after a ransom of 30 million pesos (around 638,000 dollars) was paid, according to an unnamed police source in the Philippines.

Brigadier General Alan Arrojado, an anti-terrorism task force commander, said negotiations for the release of the Ted Fen bogged down, triggering his killing.

The al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for some of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the Philippines as well as high-profile kidnappings for ransom involving foreign hostages.

The militants are still believed to be holding captive two Canadians, a Norwegian, a Dutchman and an Italian in the jungles of Jolo.

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