Canadian hostages in Philippines: CNN asserting Canadian John Ridsdel was the captive beheaded by the Muslim terrorists of Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

Latest Update: CNN asserts Canadian John Ridsdel was the captive beheaded by the Muslim terrorists of Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

(CNN Philippines) — The Abu Sayyaf Group has beheaded one of four hostages kidnapped on Samal Island last September.

A police report obtained by CNN Philippines said the severed head is believed to belong to Canadian hostage John Ridsdel after no ransom was paid by the deadline set by the rebel group.

The severed head was found in Jolo, Sulu on Monday night (April 25).

The police report said two unidentified men aboard a motorcycle without a plate number threw the decapitated head somewhere along Marina Street, Barangay Walled City, Jolo at around 7:35 p.m.

A police report obtained by CNN Philippines said the severed head is believed to belong to Canadian hostage John Ridsdel after no ransom was paid by the deadline set by the rebel group.

The severed head was found in Jolo, Sulu on Monday night (April 25).

The police report said two unidentified men aboard a motorcycle without a plate number threw the decapitated head somewhere along Marina Street, Barangay Walled City, Jolo at around 7:35 p.m.

Note – There have been conflicting reports, some say Canadian John Ridsdel was murdered by the Muslim terrorists, others suggest it was the Norwegian captive held with him.


 

Militants behead one of three foreigners taken from resort

Unofficial reports sent by security forces from Jolo Island, 1,900km south of the capital Manila, said Canadian John Ridsdell was beheaded at around 3pm, on Monday in Patikul town on Sulu Island.

Another report, however, said a severed head “apparently that of (Norwegian Kjartan Sakkingstad)” was found near the gate of the Jolo Municipal Hall at around 8pm.

 The Straits Times learnt from another source that the head was actually Ridsdell’s.

Philippines says severed head found as captives’ ransom deadline passes

Canadian hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines 

Police Confirm Head of ‘Abu Sayyaf captive’ dumped on Sulu street

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Abu Sayyaf killed one of its foreign captives in Sulu on Monday, the local police said.

The police gave the confirmation after a severed head, believed to be that of a foreign kidnap victim, was found at the corner of Mayor Salih Yusah and Sari Ahmad Streets in Barangay Walled City, Jolo, Sulu on Monday night.

Chief Insp Junpikar Sittin, police chief of Jolo, said the head that appeared to belong to a “Caucasian-looking” person, was placed in a plastic bag and was found at 7:35 p.m Monday.

“We need to search for the body,” Sittin said.

Dr. Raden Ikbala, one of the physicians of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that Kjartan Sekkingstad, a Norwegian, was beheaded around 3:35 p.m. Monday.

“He was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf in Sitio Pegeh Mount Dahu, Barangay Langub in Talipao town. It’s confirmed because the head is in the Jolo police station,” Ikbala told the Inquirer.


 

Update: Severed head of one of the alleged foreign captive by Abu Sayyaf, found

Note – Google translate – A severed head claims to have found “some distance in front of the main gate of the Jolo Municipal Hall at around 8:00 tonight, Monday.

The source said the head was identified as Norwegian Kjartan SEKKINGSTAD, one of three foreign members abducted by the Abu Sayyaf at a resort on Samal Island in September last year.

According to the source, at around 3:45 pm, Monday to carry out the beheading of victims.


Update: Report – Canadian John Ridsdel Beheaded by Muslim terrorists in Philippines

JOLO, SULU — A military official could not confirm reports on the alleged execution of one of the captives of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

The reports came as the terror group’s ultimatum, demanding ransom for each captive, lapsed on Monday.

A security source here disclosed information about the execution filtered from the ground as troops continued to inch closer to the ASG camp for the rescue of the captives.

The execution was allegedly conducted in the mountains of Patikul town. There were no immediate details on who among the hostages was harmed by the Abu Sayyaf.

More… Aquino orders rescue of Abu Sayyaf hostages

WITH the deadline for the ransom for the Samal hostages of the Abu Sayyaf expired on Monday, security forces were ordered by President Benigno Aquino III to intensify their operations against the bandits in Mindanao.

“President Aquino has directed Acting AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) Chief Glorioso Miranda and PNP (Philippine National Police) Chief Ricardo Marquez to conduct appropriate military and law enforcement operations to effect the rescue of the hostages,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement Monday.

Last September 2015, four individuals – two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman – were kidnapped by the bandit group on Samal Island. The Abu Sayyaf later threatened to behead one of the hostages on Monday following military operations against them in Basilan and Sulu.

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