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Matthew Fisher: After Canadian hostage beheaded, $1M reportedly paid to terrorists for 10 Indonesian sailors

MANILA, Philippines — Six days after Canadian hostage John Ridsdel was beheaded by Abu Sayyaf, 10 Indonesian sailors were released by Islamic extremists on the same island where the Calgarian was held in what was reported in Indonesia and the Philippines as a cash-for-freedom deal. 738 more words


After John Ridsdel beheading, is Philippines facing ISIS threat?

MANILA, Philippines – Months before Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded retired Canadian mining executive John Ridsdel in the tropical jungles of the southern Philippines, they showed him pleading for life in a video with three other hostages that demanded a record-high ransom. 984 more words


Matthew Fisher: Don't criticize leaders for harrowing decisions on ransom demands

As someone who knew John Ridsdel, who was murdered Monday by the Islamist terror group Abu Sayyaf, I wanted the Canadian government to do everything it could to secure his release including, if necessary, meeting the huge ransom demands of his captor. 674 more words


John Ridsdel: Forensic tests underway to see if headless body matches that of Canadian

Philippine forensic experts are examining a headless Caucasian man’s body, found by locals in a small village in the southern province, to determine if it is that of slain Canadian hostage John Ridsdel. 307 more words


Canada ’does not and will not’ pay ransom to terrorists, Justin Trudeau says

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government does not pay ransom for kidnapped Canadians, and he intends to press European countries to adopt the same position as the number of abductions appears on the rise. 707 more words


Execution of Canadian John Ridsdel a major test for Trudeau on terrorism, say experts

How Justin Trudeau deals with the killing of John Ridsdel, 68, a former Calgarian taken hostage by Abu Sayyah, will be a major test for his new government, say experts. 625 more words