Trudeau condemns the killing of Canadian hostage

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the killing of an Abu Sayyaf hostage on Monday (April 25).

In a statement released on the Prime Minister's website, he said:

"I am outraged by the news that a Canadian citizen, John Ridsdel, held hostage in the Philippines since September 21, 2015, has been killed at the hands of his captors.

"Canada condemns without reservation the brutality of the hostage-takers, and this unnecessary death. This was an act of cold-blooded murder and responsibility rests squarely with the terrorist group who took him hostage.

"The Government of Canada is committed to working with the Government of Philippines and international partners to pursue those responsible for this heinous act and bring them to justice.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Ridsdel. They have endured a terrible ordeal, and this is a devastating moment for all of them. Our thoughts are with them as they come to terms with this loss, and I would ask that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.

"The Government of Canada’s first priority is the safety and security of its citizens. The Government of Canada will not comment or release any information which may compromise ongoing efforts or endanger the safety of the remaining hostages."

The head of a person believed to be Canadian John Ridsdel was found in Jolo, Sulu on Monday evening.

Read: Abu Sayyaf captive beheaded

Ridsdel was one of four hostages taken by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Samal Island in September 2015.

Read: 14 foreigners currently held by Abu Sayyaf — AFP

The rebel group announced that a ransom of P300 million was set for each of the hostages. It had initially asked for P1 billion for each hostage.

Three other hostages, Robert Hall, also Canadian; Kjartan Sekkingstad, a Norwegian; and a Filipina named Marithes "Tess" Flor, have yet to be released.

Related: Who are the Abu Sayyaf?