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Published on : Tuesday, April 26, 2016
In November the militants released a video of Mr. Ridsdel and three other captives, demanding $80m (£55m).
The kidnapping occurred during a raid on the Holiday Oceanview Samal resort on Samal Island, near Davao City by Gunmen kidnapped two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian resort manager and a Filipino woman from an island in southern Philippines.
He was held captive and taken to Jolo after being kidnapped from a marina near the city of Davao, along with another Canadian, Robert Hall; a Norwegian, Kjartan Sekkingstad; and a Philippine woman, Mr Hall’s girlfriend, Marites Flor.
Ridsdel had warned in the video that if the ransom is not paid he will be murdered. But the Canadian government is not in favour of paying ransom and lost its citizen.
This radical Islamist group has been using various tactics to spark fear as its wishes to create an Islamic state in the predominantly Catholic Philippines. The group is retorting to bombing and kidnapping to evoke fear among citizens and tourists hoping to cause pressure and getting its way. The group was earlier linked to al-Qaeda and is pledging alliance to the Islamic state.
Kidnapping has been rampant as local Filipinos and foreign tourists are being kidnapped and held hostage for ransom. In most cases the ransoms are given and the parties are released. Most cases have been resolved through negotiations. But this fanatic group is a serious threat to tourist and tourism creating fear and acrimony in normal life.