A small group of ISIS militants in the Philippines beheaded their second Canadian hostage in two months this week, authorities revealed on Tuesday.
“We strongly condemn the brutal and senseless murder of Mr. Robert Hall, a Canadian national, after being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf group in Sulu for the past nine months,” Herminio Coloma, a representative for the Philippines President Benigno Aquino, said in a statement.
The Washington Post reported that Hall’s head is believed to have been found Monday on an island near an Abu Sayyaf outpost. He was 58 years-old when he was killed.
Back in April, the terrorist group beheaded 68 year-old Canadian businessman John Ridsdel. Both Hall and Ridsdel had been kidnapped from a resort in the island of Samal in September. They also kidnapped Hall’s Filipina partner Marites Flor and a resort manager from Norway named Kjartan Sekkingstad.
“The vicious and brutal actions of the hostage-takers have led to a needless death,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement posted on Facebook. “Canada holds the terrorist group who took him hostage fully responsible for this cold-blooded and senseless murder.”
“We are more committed than ever to working with the Government of the Philippines and international partners to pursue those responsible for these heinous acts and bring them to justice,” Trudeau added, “however long it takes.”
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