Muslim extremists in the Philippines released new video showing the three remaining hostages being held for ransom by militants of the Abu Sayyaf terror group following the beheading of Canadian John Ridsdel.
The militants released the video Tuesday showing fellow Canadian Robert Hall and two other hostages pleading for the Canadian and Philippine government to meet the demands of the terror group.
“To the Canadian government, I’m told to tell you to meet the demand,” Hall said in the video. “I don’t know what you’re doing but, you’re not doing anything for us. John is being sacrificed, his family has been decimated, and I’m not sure why or what you’re waiting for.”
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Ridsdel was executed by Abu Sayyaf militants after being held hostage for seven months.
Hall and Ridsdel, were kidnapped along with Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and a Filipino woman at gunpoint from a marina on southern Samal Island last September.
“If the demand is not met, we will be executed like our friend John was a few days ago,” Sekkingstad said in the video.
The kidnappers had reportedly demanded 300 million pesos ($8.1 million) for each of the foreigners.
The hostages are seen surrounded by six armed terrorists as one veiled militant addresses the camera.
“To the Philippine government and the Canadian government, the lesson is clear John Ridsdel has been beheaded,” the militant said. “Now there are three remaining captive here.
“If you procrastinate once again, the negotiation, we will behead this all anytime,” the terrorist said.
Reiterating his outrage following the news of Ridsdel, Trudeau said “Canada is determined to bring these terrorist criminals to justice.”
“We are working with international allies, specifically the Philippines to ensure that these terrorists, these criminals will be brought to justice,” the prime minister said.
Trudeau went on to defend Canada’s policy of not paying ransoms as the second Canadian hostage remains to be held captive by the Muslim extremists.
“Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists. Directly or indirectly, and there are very direct and clear reasons for this,” Trudeau said.
SITE Intelligence, a U.S. non-governmental group that monitors jihadi websites, said the kidnappers also released video footage of Ridsdel’s execution.
SITE’s director, Rita Katz, called the footage “brutal, barbaric, extremely graphic, and most disturbing.”
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