AFP: Severed head believed to be ASG hostage found in Jolo

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(File photo) Abu Sayyaf Group with its hostages.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The military said late Monday evening that a severed head had been found in Sulu, following reports that another Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) hostage had been beheaded earlier in the day.

Maj. Filemon Tan, Jr., spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) told CNN Philippines that a head was recovered in front of the gate of Jolo cathedral around 8:45 p.m. — hours after a 3-p.m. ransom deadline had lapsed.

Tan said residents found the head and immediately reported it to the police.

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He noted that the Caucasian-looking head bore features similar to that of Canadian Robert Hall.

However, he said that authorities from the Philippine National Police Scene of the Crime Operations (SOCO) still had to officially confirm the identity of the victim.

The severed head was immediately brought to the nearby Camp General Teodulfo Bautista.

Aside from Hall, another Caucasian captive remained with the ASG. That's why an expert confirmation was needed to avoid any mistake, Tan explained.

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The ASG had asked for ₱300 million for each of the remaining three hostages — Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, and Filipino Marites Flor.

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CNN Philippines' Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.