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Abu Sayyaf ‘kills Canadian Robert Hall’ in Philippines

Manila (Online): A Canadian hostage held by the militant group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines has been killed, as per media reports. 

Robert Hall was kidnapped in September along with three other hostages from Canada, the Philippines and Norway.
Mr Hall was killed on Monday after a deadline for a ransom expired, security sources told Canadian broadcaster CBC and Philippine news website Rappler.

The Philippine and Canadian governments are opposed to paying ransoms for hostages.

The Philippines have launched military operations against the militant group.
Hall, his Filipina partner Marites Flor, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, and Canadian John Ridsdel were kidnapped from a marina near the city of Davao last September.

They were taken to an Abu Sayyaf stronghold on the remote island of Jolo, and Mr Ridsdel was killed on 25 April after a ransom deadline passed.

Abu Sayyaf is a fragmented but violent militant group with its roots in the Islamist separatist insurgency in the southern Philippines. Several of its factions have aligned themselves with the so-called Islamic State.

It has repeatedly taken hostages over the years but has often released them in exchange for ransoms.
It is still holding several captives, including a Dutch birdwatcher taken in 2012.

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