Abu Sayyaf dumps Canadian captive’s headless body in Jolo

Abu Sayyaf dumps Canadian captive’s headless body in Jolo

Abu Sayyaf mercilessly threw the body of John Ridsdel, the Canadian man who was held hostage by the Islamist militant group, in Jolo, Sulu.

The headless body has been recovered in Barangay Gata in Talipao, Sulu on Wednesday, exactly two days after his head was thrown by two men on a motorcycle in front of the Jolo municipal hall. The body was turned over to the Canadian embassy.

Ricardo Marquez, director-general of the Philippine National Police, stated that they have airlifted the headless corpse of the said victim to Manila last Thursday.

Ridsdel, a former mining executive and a journalist, was one of the tourists that were abducted by the Islamist militants in September last year from a Samal Island resort near Davao City. The other victims nabbed by the said group are Canadian Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, and a Filipina named Maritess Flor.

In November, the militant group released a video and demanded an $80-million ransom for each of their hostages. A few hours past the deadline, a severed head of a foreign man was found in front the municipal hall.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed the death of the Canadian hostage and said that he would compromise the lives of the other foreigners being held by the Islamist group.

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