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Justin Trudeau condemns killing of Canadian hostage

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau condemned the killing of Canadian hostage kidnapped by the militants in Philippines.

The 68-year-old John Ridsdel was kidnapped from a tourist resort along with three others by the Islamist militant group, Abu Sayyaf group in September last year.

The terrorist organisation released a video footage showing John Ridsdel and three other captives and demanded a ransom of at least $ 80 million.

Canadian PM called the beheading of his citizen ‘an act of cold-blooded murder’.

A Philippines army spokesperson said, “Mr Ridsdel’s severed head was found on the remote island of Jolo, hours after the Abu Sayyaf ransom deadline expired.”

The deceased was taken to Jolo after being kidnapped along with another Canadian, Robert Hall and a Philippine woman, Hall’s girlfriend, Marites Flor; a marina near the city of Davao.

John Ridsdel also warned in a video released by the group that he was to be killed on 25 April in case no ransom was paid.

The Canadian government keeps a policy against paying ransoms.

He stated, “Canada condemns without reservation the brutality of the hostage-takers, and this unnecessary death. This was an act of cold-blooded murder and responsibility rests squarely with the terrorist group who took him hostage.”

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