Canadian hostage John Ridsdel was assassinated by Islamic extremists in the Philippines on Monday, April 25, 2016. Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, gave a statement, calling the act “cold-blooded murder.”
Ridsdel and three other men have been held hostage by the Islamic militant group since September 2015. Three of the four men can be seen pleading for their lives in a video released by the masked militant group Abu Sayyaf. The three men in the video are Ridsdel, Robert Hall and Kjartan Sekkingstad.
One of the armed, masked men on the video stated that something horrible would happen to the three hostages if the Islamic militant group’s demands were not met. The demands included ransom money.
Canadian Prime Minster Trudeau said he would not say anything or release information that could put these men in jeopardy even further.
No other information has been released at this time. The demands of the captors have not been released and neither have the conditions of the remaining hostages.
The Public Slate will continue to follow this story and provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.
By Jeanette Smith
CNN: Canadian hostage John Ridsdel killed in the Philippines
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