ZAMBOANGA CITY: Filipino fishermen recovered a decapitated body of a woman off the southern province of Basilan, a major stronghold of pro-Islamic State terror group Abu Sayyaf.
The body, whose head, arms and legs had been chopped off, was found floating near the island of Lawi-Lawi off Lantawan town late Tuesday. The identity of the cadaver remains unknown. Her head and limbs have not been found.
Authorities said it launched an investigation to determine the identity of the woman and who was behind the killing.
Earlier this month, six gunmen abducted a British man, Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his Filipina wife Welma Paglinawan Hyrons at their resort in Alindahaw village in Zamboanga del Sur’s Tukuran town, about 287 kilometers from here.
Police have released four pictures of men tagged as “persons of interest” in the abduction of the couple.
Gov. Victor Yu pledged a P1-million reward to anyone who could point the exact location of the abductors.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the abductions, but this occurred during an extended martial law in the region where security forces are battling Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf and other militants fighting for the establishment of a caliphate in Mindanao.