Philippines leader orders extremists crushed

Abu Sayyaf extremists have beheaded a kidnapped Filipino villager after a ransom deadline lapsed in their first such brutal act under President Rodrigo Duterte, who ordered troops to destroy the militants.

Regional military spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan said Thursday the militants killed Patrick James Aldovar on Wednesday afternoon near southern Sulu province's Indanan town then later abandoned his head in a neighborhood.

After learning about the beheading, Duterte lumped the militants among "the enemies of the state" he wanted dead, ordering government troops: "Drug dealers, destroy them. Abu Sayyaf, destroy them. Period."

Source: Cyprus News Agency