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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Video - Islamic state ASG Issue ultimatum to Trudeau Government for ransom to be paid for Canadian Hostages.

Video can be Seen here. Warning contains graphic images
Video - ASG release new video of 3 western (2 Canadian) hostages: 1 month Deadline for ransom. (ST)

Islamic militants holding two Canadians and a Norwegian in the southern Philippine jungles have set a one-month deadline for millions of dollars in ransom to be paid, according to a video released on Thursday (March 10).

In the video posted on a local militant group's Facebook page, the emaciated victims said they would be killed if the ransom was not paid.

The three foreign men, whom the Philippine authorities have identified as two Canadians and a Norwegian, were shown in a video clip, along with a Filipina woman kidnapped with them, crouching on the ground with gunmen standing over them.

"To the Canadian prime minister and to the Canadian people in the world, please, do as needed to meet their demands, within one month or they will kill me, they will execute us," said one of the men who identified himself as Mr John Ridsdel, a Canadian mining consultant, said.

The three men were handcuffed and were thin, bearded and shirtless.

Canadian tourists Ridsdel and Robert Hall, Norwegian resort manager Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipina Marites Flor were seized from yachts at a marina in the southern Philippines in September.

While the ransom amount was not specified, the militants in an earlier video demanded 1 billion pesos (S$29.6 million) for each of the three foreigners, without mentioning the conditions for Ms Flor's release.

Mr Hall identified their captors as members of the Abu Sayyaf, a local group notorious for bombings and kidnappings that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Read the full story here.  HT & Source  TracTerrorism

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