Philippines: President condemns Abu Sayyaf killing of Canadian Robert Hall



    Philippines: President condemns Abu Sayyaf killing of Canadian Robert Hall

    June 14, Manila: The Philippine president has condemned the "brutal and senseless murder" of a Canadian man by Abu Sayyaf militants.

    Robert Hall was kidnapped by the Islamist group in September along with three others from Canada, the Philippines and Norway, according to reports.

    Fellow Canadian John Ridsdel was killed by the group in April after a multi-million dollar ransom deadline expired.

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had earlier said he believed it was "likely" Hall was dead.

    In a statement on Tuesday, outgoing Philippines President Benigno Aquino confirmed the killing.

    He said, "This latest heinous crime serves to strengthen our government's resolve to put an end to this reign of terror and banditry."

    Hall, his Filipina partner Marites Flor, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Canadian John Ridsdel were kidnapped from a marina near the city of Davao in September.

    Last month, a video emerged showing the three hostages pleading for their governments to meet the captors' demands or they would also be executed.

    The Oslo Times International News Network

     
     

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