Apr 25, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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One of four tourists kidnapped last September in the Philippines has been killed.

John Ridsdel has been identified as one of four people abducted in the Philippines on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Twitter photo

68-year-old John Ridsdel, a former Calgary journalist turned mining executive, was in semi-retirement when he was captured on southern Samal Island by Abu Sayyaf terrorists loyal to the Islamic State group.

Ridsdel Kidnapping

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Alberta for a cabinet retreat, says,”Canada condemns without reservation the brutality of the hostage takers.  This was an act of cold-blooded murder.”

Trudeau Ridsdel

The prime minister says the governments of Canada and Philippines will try to bring Ridsdel’s captors and killers to justice.

Ridsdel and fellow Canadian Robert Hall were kidnapped last September along with a Norwegian man and Filipino woman.

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