Canadian hostage Robert Hall is believed to have been killed by his captors in the Philippines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday, in what appears to be the second execution of a Canadian hostage by the militant group Abu Sayyaf in the area in recent months.
Trudeau said Canadian officials were working with authorities in the Philippines to confirm the death of Hall, who was taken captive with three other people by the militants in September 2015 from an upscale resort on Samal island, hundreds of miles east of Jolo.
In the Philippines, a military spokesman said a severed head had been found near a Catholic cathedral on a remote southern island late on Monday. It appeared to be that of a Caucasian, the spokesman said, but no identification had been made yet.
Major Filemon Tan, spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command of the Philippines military, said in a statement on Tuesday the discovery appeared to confirm the killing of a kidnap victim by Abu Sayyaf.