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Abu Sayyaf Threatens To Kill Second Canadian Hostage

Abu Sayyaf is demanding $16 million in ransom.

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A Filipino extremist group has threatened to kill a second Canadian hostage if it doesn't receive a $16 million ransom payment.

In a video posted Friday and found by the SITE Intel Group over the weekend, Abu Sayyaf says it will behead Canadian hostage Robert Hall or a Norwegian hostage if it doesn't receive the ransom payment by June 13 at 3 p.m.

#AbuSayyafGroup in Philippines threatened to execute Canadian or Norwegian hostage if demand not met by June 13, 3pm

The video comes approximately three weeks after the jihadis beheaded former Calgarian John Ridsdel, who had been held hostage in the Philippines for seven months.

Ridsdel, who was captured at the same time as Hall, was killed shortly after a similar ransom demand was not met.

Canada and the Philippines both have a no-ransom policy.

At the time of Ridsdel's death, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "outraged" at the news.

"This was an act of cold-blooded murder and responsibility rests squarely with the terrorist group who took him hostage," Trudeau said in a statement.

Trudeau told reporters that paying ransom to terrorist groups would help finance their activities and encourage extremists to take more Canadian hostages.

The Canadian government has said it's working with the Philippines to pursue Abu Sayyaf, but won't release "information which may compromise ongoing efforts or endanger the safety of the remaining hostages."

Emma Loop is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. PGP fingerprint: 4A39 DD99 953C 6CAF D68C 85CD C380 AB23 859B 0611.

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