A Canadian tourist John Ridsdel is beheaded by Islamic militants in the Philippines. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received the news on Monday morning.
The Prime Minister told media, “I am outraged by the news that a Canadian citizen, John Ridsdel, held hostage in the Philippines since Sept. 21, 2015, has been killed at the hands of his captors.”
He noted, “This was an act of cold-blooded murder and responsibility rests with the terrorist group who took him hostage.”
He further stated, “Canada condemns without reservation the brutality of the hostage takers.”
According to Canadian media, 68-year-old Ridsdel’s body was found in Jolo city which is located 900 miles north of Samal Island where he and three more foreign tourists were kidnapped by Abu Sayaff militants last year. His head was found in Samal Island near Zamboanga City, reported NBC News.
Another Canadian tourist Robert Hall, Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Marites Flor were abducted together with Ridsdel seven months ago. Six weeks after the abduction the Abu Sayaff group released a propaganda video on social media featuring the hostages and demanded $27 million for the release of each of the hostages. Notably, Abu Sayaff has vowed allegiance to ISIS.
In the video the captive men were begging for their lives; similarly released videos followed for several months, reported ABC.
In the recent video Ridsdel can be seen saying that if a ransom of $8.3 million was not paid, the militants would kill him on April 25.
The Canadian tourist John Ridsdel in the video told, “We’re told that this is the absolute final warning, so this is a final urgent appeal to governments, Philippine, Canadian, and families, if Php300 million ($6.5 million) is not paid for me by 3 p.m. on April 25th, they will behead me.”
Police informed that Ridsdel’s head was dropped near the city hall in Jolo. Two people in a motorbike came to drop the head.
Provincial police chief Wilfredo Cayat said, “We found a head in a plastic bag.”
He said that though, it was impossible to identify immediately, the head was of a Caucasian man.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Prime Minister said that the country was working with Philippines’ government to pursue and prosecute the militant group which killed Ridsdel. Trudeau also said that they were working on the release of the other hostages.