A 68-year-old Canadian man has been killed by Islamic radicals on a remote island in the Philippines. John Ridsdel had been held by the Abu Sayaf group since he was kidnapped in September. Three other tourists were also captured with him.
Although US President Donald Trump has appreciated Pakistan's efforts in securing the release of a US-Canadian couple, experts say it is yet to be seen whether Islamabad is serious about defeating Islamists.
Filipino officials have said a Norwegian man held for almost a year by Abu Sayyaf militants has been set free. He was kidnapped with two Canadians, who were beheaded after the terror group's ransom demands weren't met.
Islamist militants in the southern Philippines have freed 10 Indonesian sailors who were abducted at sea five weeks ago. It is not clear whether a ransom was paid to secure their release.
The government of the Philippines has confirmed that Robert Hall is dead. The Canadian was captured along with several others by a militant Islamist organization almost a year ago.
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