Canadian hostage John Ridsdel killed in the Philippines

  • Islamist militants have killed a Canadian hostage whom they had taken captive in September 2015 in the Philippines. Condemning the murder of John Ridsdel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it an act of cold blooded murder and said that the responsibility rested on the militants who took Ridsdel hostage. In March 2016, Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist militant group, released a video showing Ridsdel, along with three other captives, pleading for their lives. The video also showed a masked militant standing behind them. 

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