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    Justin Trudeau outrage at 'cold-blooded murder' of hostage

    The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the killing of a Canadian hostage kidnapped by Islamist militants in the Philippines.

    John Ridsdel, 68, was taken from a tourist resort with three others by the Abu Sayyaf group in September 2015.
    In November, the Islamist militants released a video showing Mr Ridsdel and three other captives, and demanded a ransom of $80m (55m).
    Mr Trudeau called his death "an act of cold-blooded murder".

    On Monday, a severed head was found on remote Jolo, hours after the Abu Sayyaf ransom deadline expired. Local authorities said it belonged to a foreign man but have not confirmed whether it belonged to any of the captives.

    John Ridsdel, 68, was a former mining executive
    Mr Ridsdel was taken to Jolo after being kidnapped from a marina near the city of Davao, along with another Canadian, Robert Hall; a Norwegian, Kjartan Sekkingstad; and a Philippine woman, Mr Hall's girlfriend, Marites Flor.

    Mr Ridsdel later warned in a video released by the group that he was due to be killed on 25 April if no ransom was paid.
    The Canadian government has a policy against paying ransoms, The Globe and Mail cited a government official as saying.
    Map showing Jolo and Davao

    What is Abu Sayyaf?
    One of smallest but most radical of Islamic separatist groups in southern Philippines, its name means "bearer of the sword" in Arabic.
    Split off from the larger Moro National Liberation Front in 1991 to wage more fundamentalist battle in predominantly Catholic Philippines.
    Previously linked to al-Qaeda, its leaders have recently declared allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.
    Known for abducting civilians, including foreigners, to demand ransoms.
    Also blamed for Philippines' worst terror attacks including a ferry bombing in 2004 in Manila Bay that killed more than 100 people.
    Islamic State threat in Southeast Asia

    Confirming the death of Mr Ridsdel, Mr Trudeau called it a "heinous act".
    "Canada condemns without reservation the brutality of the hostage-takers, and this unnecessary death. This was an act of cold blooded murder and responsibility rests squarely with the terrorist group who took him hostage," he said in a statement.
    Former mining executive

    "It's hard," a friend of Mr Ridsdel, Bob Rae, told CBC News. "It's just very hard. I've been involved behind the scenes for the last six months trying to find a solution and it's been very painful."

    A former mining executive, Mr Ridsdel is described by Canadian media as semi-retired. He also worked as a journalist.

    Abu Sayyaf was set up in the 1990s with funding from al-Qaeda, and is fighting for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines.
    One of its commanders recently pledged allegiance to militant group calling itself Islamic State. Abu Sayyaf is also holding several other foreigners.
    Eighteen Philippine soldiers were killed in clashes with the militants on Basilan island near Jolo island earlier this month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    What is Abu Sayyaf?
    One of smallest but most radical of Islamic separatist groups in southern Philippines, its name means "bearer of the sword" in Arabic.
    Split off from the larger Moro National Liberation Front in 1991 to wage more fundamentalist battle in predominantly Catholic Philippines.
    Previously linked to al-Qaeda, its leaders have recently declared allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.
    Known for abducting civilians, including foreigners, to demand ransoms.
    Also blamed for Philippines' worst terror attacks including a ferry bombing in 2004 in Manila Bay that killed more than 100 people.
    Islamic State threat in Southeast Asia


    Abu Sayyaf was set up in the 1990s with funding from al-Qaeda, and is fighting for an independent Islamic province in the Philippines.
    One of its commanders recently pledged allegiance to militant group calling itself Islamic State. Abu Sayyaf is also holding several other foreigners.
    Eighteen Philippine soldiers were killed in clashes with the militants on Basilan island near Jolo island earlier this month.
    While the above accurately represents the views commonly held by the foreign press, it's bullshit.

    The ASG has no ideology other than money. They routinely slaughter Filipino Muslims. Think Somali pirates and you'd be closer.

    Dirt poor, unemployed, uneducated, no hope for any kind of a future, ASG started as a loose coalition of criminals and small-time bank robbers in the most hostile and poorest part of Mindanao. They continued with petty crimes until they discovered that kidnapping for ransom paid - and well.

    They are merciless thugs who don't hesitate to butcher Filipinos and foreigners alike if there is no money to be made.

    Sadly, the terrain is such that it is virtually impossible to root them out of their deep jungle camps - which generally comprise a tarp or two stretched over a tree limb.

    I hold little hope for the fate of the remaining three.

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    Sad to hear.

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