A Canadian man who was held captive by the Islamist militants (IS) for months in Philippines has been recently killed.
The Abu Sayyaf group had taken the Canadian man, John Ridsdel from one of the tourist resorts along with 3 others in Sept. last year.
Confirming his death, PM Justin Trudeau called it “an act of cold blooded murder.”
A disengaged head was found on a remote Philippine island, on Monday, a few hours after an Abu Sayyaf ransom deadline had expired.
Philippine army hasn’t confirmed whether it belonged to 1 of the captives.
Mr. Ridsdel was abducted along with another Canadian, a Filipino and a Norwegian. They’d appeared in video appealing for their release.
“It is hard,” told Bob Rae, who is a friend of Mr. Ridsdel to CBC News. “It is just very hard. I have been involved behind the scenes for the last 6 months trying to find a solution and it has been very painful.”
Abu Sayyaf was set up in 1990s with funding from al-Qaeda, and they are fighting for an independent Islamic province in Philippines.
One of its commanders had recently vowed allegiance to IS, so-called Islamic State. The group’s also holding several other foreigners prisoner.