Canada Hostage Killed In Philippines

A Canadian man, held hostage by Islamist militants in the Philippines, has been killed, after a ransom deadline by the militant group passed.

A Canadian man held captive by Islamist militants for months in the Philippines has been killed.

John Ridsdel, 68, was taken from a tourist resort along with three others by the Abu Sayyaf group in September last year.

Confirming the death, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it “an act of coldblooded murder”.

On Monday a severed head was found on a remote Philippine island, hours after an Abu Sayyaf ransom deadline expired. The Philippine army has not confirmed if it belonged to one of the captives.

Ridsdel was 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. They were taken 500km (300 miles) to the island of Jolo.

Abu Sayyaf released a video of the group in November, demanding $80m (£55m) for their release. Ridsdel warned that he was due to be killed if no ransom was paid.

Several hours after the deadline had passed, a severed head was found in a street on Jolo. Philippine authorities said it belonged to a foreign man but it has not yet been formally identified.

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