German hostage says being held in hole by Philippine Islamists; will be his grave if ransom demands not met

(Reuters) – One of two Germans held captive by an Islamist militant group in the Philippines said on Wednesday he was being held in a hole in the ground which he had been told would be his grave if ransom demands were not met.

A German man, who is a doctor, and a German woman were seized by the Abu Sayyaf group in April when their yacht broke down near the southern island of Palawan en route to Sabah in eastern Malaysia.

They are being held on Jolo island, a hotbed of Islamist militants in the south of the mainly Roman Catholic Philippines.

Abu Rami, a spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, said his group would execute the doctor at 3 p.m. on Friday as a 250 million pesos ($5.6 million) ransom had not been paid by last Friday’s deadline.

The demand includes Germany halting its support for U.S.-led air strikes in Syria…