Justin Trudeau condemns ‘cold-blooded murder’ of Philippines hostage



    Justin Trudeau condemns ‘cold-blooded murder’ of Philippines hostage

    April 26, Toronto: The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the killing of a Canadian hostage kidnapped by Islamist militants in the Philippines.

    John Ridsdel, 68, was taken from a tourist resort with three others by the Abu Sayyaf group in September 2015, according to media reports.

    In November, the Islamist militants released a video showing Ridsdel and three other captives, and demanded a ransom of $80m (£55m).
    Trudeau called his death "an act of cold-blooded murder".

    On Monday, a severed head was found on remote Jolo, hours after the Abu Sayyaf ransom deadline expired. Local authorities said it belonged to a foreign man but have not confirmed whether it belonged to any of the captives

    Ridsdel was taken to Jolo after being kidnapped from a marina near the city of Davao, along with another Canadian, Robert Hall; a Norwegian, Kjartan Sekkingstad; and a Philippine woman, Hall's girlfriend, Marites Flor.

    Ridsdel later warned in a video released by the group that he was due to be killed on 25 April if no ransom was paid, BBC reported.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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