Canadian taken hostage in Philippines killed by Islamist group

Robert Hall, a Canadian who was kidnapped in the Philippines in September by the Islamist group Abu Sayyaf, has been killed after the ransom of $16.6 million was not met, officials say.

Hall, one of four hostages, was killed on Monday. The other hostages were from the Philippines, Norway and Canada: Marites Flor, Kjartan Sekkingstad and John Ridsdel. They were kidnapped from a marina near the city of Davao.

Ridsdel was beheaded in April after the demand for $6.3 million was not given to the militants.

“With the tragic loss of two Canadians, I want to reiterate that terrorist hostage-takings only fuel more violence and instability. Canada will not give into their fear mongering tactics and despicable attitude toward the suffering of others.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

Abu Sayyaf is known as the most violent Islamist group located in the southern Philippines. Many Filipinos and foreigners have been kidnapped by this group and used for ransoms in the past.

“Canada holds the terrorist group who took him hostage fully responsible for this cold-blooded and senseless murder,” Trudeau added.

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