Canadian man beheaded by ISIS sworn Abu Sayyaf group

uni1461690202{Big News / MANILA, Philippines – A Canadian hostage was reportedly beheaded on April 25 by Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic State-sworn militant group following his and another Canadian’s capture in Philippines in September 2015.

According to reports, the decapitated head of a Caucasian male found in southern Philippines on April 25 was confirmed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as belonging to Canadian tourist John Ridsdel of Calgary.

Jolo police Chief Supt. Junpikar Sitin reportedly said that two men on a motorcycle left Ridsdel’s head in a plastic bag on a street in Jolo of Sulu province, five hours after the deadline for a $6.4 million ransom placed by the militants was overshot.

Reports state that PM Trudeau refused to disclose whether the Canadian government is in negotiations with the militant group or is considering paying the ransom, which, if unpaid, will reportedly lead to the execution of the other Canadian tourist taken hostage.

Reports added that this situation is a test of the Canadian government’s no-ransom policy, and also marks the first time that Trudeau has been coerced into directly dealing with a terror crisis as Prime Minister.

In a statement, the Canadian Prime Minister has reportedly condemned the “brutality of the hostage-takers and this unnecessary death” and touted the act as “cold-blooded murder.”

He further added that, “The government of Canada is committed to working with the government of the Philippines and international partners to pursue those responsible for this heinous act.”

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