Abu Sayyaf has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
“Canadian hostage John Ridsdel confirmed dead as police find severed head in Southern Philippines,” by Matthew Fisher and Tristin Hopper, National Post, April 25, 2016:
MANILA and KANANASKIS, Alta. — Hope flickered briefly early Monday without a word from Abu Sayyaf as the deadline for the execution of the militants’ four hostages came and went.
The Islamist terrorists, based on the island of Jolo in the southern Philippines, had threatened to kill Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, Hall’s Filipino girlfriend Marites Flor, and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad.
Then police in Jolo City, the provincial capital, made a grisly find.
A plastic bag dumped on the street was found to contain the head of a Caucasian man, later identified as Ridsdel, 68. The fate of his three companions was not known.
“We have received information that a headless body was found at 8:30 p.m. of a Caucasian man in Jolo City, Jolo Island,” said Dick Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, describing the gruesome discovery.
“It appears to have been decapitated.”
“A motorcycle driver threw a plastic bag in the road in front of where there were five children playing at 7:30 p.m. But there was a brown-out (power failure). When the lights went back on it was seen that there was blood on the plastic bag and police were called.”
In Kananaskis, Alta., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described it as a “cold-blooded murder” by the militants.
Trudeau said Canada would work with the Philippine government and international partners to bring those responsible to justice….