Dutchman Ewold Horn, who was held hostage in the southern part of the Philippines for more than seven years, was killed by his abductors on Friday in an attempt to escape according to reports by the Filipino army.
Horn has been detained by Islamist militants since early 2012.
Soldiers found the body of Horn after a firefight between the Filipino army and the fighters of Abu Sayyaf, in the town of Patikul on the island of Jolo, a thousand kilometers south of Manila.
This is reported by Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo Jr. “Horn was shot by his guards when he tried to escape during the firefight,” said Pabayo.
The fighting also killed six terrorists, including a woman identified as the second wife of Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron.
On February 1, 2012, Horn was abducted with Swiss national Lorenzo Vinciguerra and their Filipino guide during an ornithological trip to the southernmost island of the Philippines, Tawi-Tawi.
The guide escaped when the three were transferred to Jolo, the Swiss man was able to escape two years later.
Abu Sayyaf is said to be behind some of the most serious terrorist attacks in the Philippines, as well as a few abductions of foreigners.