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Abu Sayyaf ‘kills Canadian Robert Hall’ in Philippines

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Abu Sayyaf is one of several groups in a Philippines to have affianced devotion to a Islamic State group

A Canadian hold by a Islamist organisation Abu Sayyaf in a Philippines has been killed, media reports say.

Robert Hall was kidnapped in Sep along with 3 other hostages from Canada, a Philippines and Norway.

Mr Hall was killed on Monday after a deadline for a release expired, confidence sources told Canadian broadcaster CBC and Philippine news website Rappler.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pronounced he believed it was “likely” that Mr Hall had been killed by his captors.

“It is with low unhappiness that we have reason to trust that a Canadian citizen, Robert Hall, hold warrant in a Philippines given Sep 21, 2015, has been killed by his captors,” Mr Trudeau pronounced in a statement.

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Mr Hall was from Calgary in Canada

Abu Sayyaf had formerly demanded a multi-million dollar ransom.

The Philippine and Canadian governments are opposite to profitable ransoms for hostages.

Instead, a Philippines have launched troops operations opposite a belligerent group.

Mr Hall, his Filipina partner Marites Flor, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Canadian John Ridsdel were kidnapped from a jetty nearby a city of Davao in September.

They were taken to an Abu Sayyaf building on a remote island of Jolo, and Mr Ridsdel was killed on 25 Apr after a release deadline passed.

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John Ridsdel, 68, was a former mining executive

Abu Sayyaf is a fragmented though aroused belligerent organisation with a roots in a Islamist separatist rebellion in a southern Philippines. Several of a factions have aligned themselves with a supposed Islamic State.

It has regularly taken hostages over a years though has mostly expelled them in sell for ransoms.

It is still holding several captives, including a Dutch birdwatcher taken in 2012.


What is Abu Sayyaf?

One of smallest though many radical of Islamist separatist groups in southern Philippines, a name means “bearer of a sword” in Arabic.

It separate from a incomparable Moro National Liberation Front in 1991. Membership is pronounced to series in a low hundreds.

What does it want?

The organisation has been agitating for a origination of an eccentric Islamic state in primarily Catholic Philippines, and uses strategy such as hostage-taking and bombings to vigour a government.

Several of a factions have affianced devotion to a supposed Islamic State.

How dangerous is it?

Numerous Filipino and unfamiliar civilians have been kidnapped in south Philippines and tools of beside Malaysia over a decades, and used as hostages to remove ransoms.

Though some have been expelled after negotiations or attacks by Philippine forces, others have been murdered when final were not met.

Abu Sayyaf has also pronounced it carried out bombings in cities in a south and a packet bombing in 2004 in Manila Bay that killed some-more than 100 people, deliberate one of a misfortune apprehension attacks in a Philippines.

Islamic State hazard in Southeast Asia


Article source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36517524

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