A Malaysian who was being held by Islamist militants in the Philippines has been killed, officials said.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Facebook he was “sickened” by the perpetrators of this “savage and barbaric act”.
The Philippine military said it was working to verify reports that Bernard Then had been beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf group.
Bernard Then and a woman were abducted in May in the Malaysian state of Sabah.
They were then taken to Jolo island in the southern Philippines.