Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has “reason to believe” a Canadian man who was being held hostage by a militant group in the Philippines has been executed.
He says Canadian officials are working closely with authorities in the Philippines to formally confirm Robert Hall’s death at the hands of extremist group Abu Sayyaf, but has compelling reason to believe published reports of the Calgary man’s demise are true.
Hall, fellow Canadian John Ridsdel, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Philippines national Marites Flor were snatched from a marina by Abu Sayyaf last September.
Ridsdel grew up in Yorkton, Saskatchewan
The militants executed him in April.
The Washington-based SITE Intelligence group said the militants released a video that showed 68-year old Ridsdel being beheaded.
The militants said they were angry the Canadian government failed to meet their demands for ransom.
Last month the militants threatened to kill one of the two surviving western hostages on June 13 if their demands weren’t met.