Philippine authorities are examining whether a severed head found on a southern island in Sulu province belonged to a Canadian hostage abducted by Islamic insurgents last September.
Police and the military on Monday night announced that the head may belong to a foreigner and was found on a street in the town of Jolo.
Last September, a militant Muslim rebel group, Abu sayyaf, took 4 people from a resort hotel on Samal Island. Two of the hostages were Canadian men, one was a Norwegian man and one was a Filipino woman.
The abductors have demanded ransom money for the hostages. They killed one of the Canadian men in April.
The rebel group threatened to murder the other Canadian hostage unless the Philippine government pay a ransom by the deadline on Monday.
Police are examining the remains and searching for the hostages.
Abu Sayyaf operates in southern Philippines and pledges loyalty to the Islamic State militant group. It has repeatedly abducted foreign tourists for ransom money.
Source and image: NHK