A second Canadian man held against his will by a militant group in the Philippines is believed to have been killed.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says officials are working closely with authorities in the Philippines to confirm multiple reports Robert Hall was executed.
Trudeau says he has “reason to believe” those reports are true.
Hall of Calgary, Alberta and three others including Canadian John Ridsdel were kidnapped from a marina last September by extremist group Abu Sayyaf.
Ridsdel, 68, was executed in April after the federal government refused to meet militants demands for ransom.
The extremist group had demanded $8.1 million for each of the foreigners they captured.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Ridsdel’s murder an act of “cold-blooded murder,” but maintained that the government would not pay any ransom to the terrorist organization in order to secure the release of Hall.
“I do want to make one thing perfectly crystal clear; Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists, directly or indirectly,” said Trudeau.
In May, the militants threatened to kill another western hostage if ransom demands weren’t met.
The deadline for that passed on Monday morning.
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