Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today denounced the execution of a Canadian hostage, John Ridsdel, by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants in the Philippines, calling it “an act of cold-blooded murder” yet doesn’t mention the fact that the execution was committed by “Muslims.”
Reuters John Ridsdel, 68, a former mining executive, was captured by Islamic militants along with three other people in September 2015 while on vacation on a Philippine island.
The Philippine army said a severed head was found on a remote island on Monday, five hours after the expiry of a ransom deadline set by militants who had threatened to execute one of four captives.
“Canada condemns without reservation the brutality of the hostage-takers and this unnecessary death. This was an act of cold-blooded murder and responsibility rests squarely with the terrorist group who took him hostage,” Trudeau told reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting.
“The government of Canada is committed to working with the government of the Philippines and international partners to pursue those responsible for this heinous act.”
John Ridsdel, kidnapped from a tourist resort along with three others by the Abu Sayyaf group in September of last year, pleads for their lives.