Government officials confirm Canadian John Ridsdel, 68, has been executed by Muslim extremists in the Philippines.
Monday morning, police in the Phillipines said the head of a Caucasian man was recovered, but had not initially identified the victim.
Ridsdel, of Calgary, was one of four hostages captured by Abu Sayyaf militants from a marina on Samal Island. Canadian Robert Hall, along with a Norwegian man and a Filipino woman, are still being held.
The militants had threatened to kill one of the three male hostages if a large ransom had not been paid by early Monday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the act as “cold-blooded murder,” and is promising Canada will work with the Philippines and other international partners to bring the killers to justice.
Premier Rachel Notley has also released a statement, offering the condolences of all Albertans, saying “our hearts are with the Risdsel family and friend who are forced to live with this horror.” (scb, CP)