Canadian tourist held hostage in Philippines killed

Published on : Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Canadian tourist held hostage killed by Islamist groupCanadian tourist who was kidnapped from a resort in the Philippines in September 2015 by Abu Sayyaf group has been killed.


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.


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3 Responses to Canadian tourist held hostage in Philippines killed

  1. Kamaal Ahmed says:

    Highly deplorable act has been committed by so called Islamist group. Islam does not allow killing of any innocent person, and states that “killing of one innocent person is like killing the whole of humanity.” The act was done by greedy thieves who just wanted to make money the easy way.

  2. Mike Michael says:

    Say this to all the VICTIM’S families in Brussels and Paris,and the Russian Plane shot down at Sharm El Sheik and all the innocent people killed in all terrorist attacks and …. and i can continue for hours for murders done by FANATIC Islamists
    then say that it was greedy thieves
    there is no respect to other people and other religions. No respect to humanity Its just Islam for you and all the others are atheist for you …. WAKE UP AN LOOK AROUND YOU

  3. Raj Mittal says:

    Its a shame. Its time that the entire world joins unconditionally to eliminate such terror groups with an iron hand. They do not deserve any mercy whatsoever.

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