Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just now confirmed the killing of Canadian citizen John Ridsdel who has been held captive by the Abu Sayyaf group for months in the Philippines. At a press conference, Trudeau called this horrifying incident “an act of cold blooded murder”.
Ridsdel was taken hostage from a tourist resort along with three others by the Islamist militants last September. They had appeared in a video appealing for their release.
After more than six months, Ridsdel’s severed head was found on an island in Southern Philippines hours after the deadline of Abu Sayyaf ransom passed.
This is absolutely insane and inhumane!
Funded by al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf is a group fighting for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines. They have many other foreign nationals as hostage.