Muslim militants behead 2 kidnapped workers in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine army official says suspected Muslim militants have beheaded two kidnapped sawmill workers while four others captives have been freed in the country’s south.

Army Col. Roseller Murillo said Thursday police retrieved the bodies of the two workers, who were made to wear orange gowns, in a village in Butig town in Lanao del Sur province on Tuesday.

The six workers were kidnapped by gunmen on April 5 in Butig but four were released after their employer negotiated with their captors.

The kidnappings and beheadings have been blamed on the largely unknown Maute group of militants, who authorities say have ties with Islamic militants from Indonesia and have used black clothing with the symbol of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.