The ISIS terrorist group has become known for their brutal hostage vides, and now these types of videos are spreading to groups all over the world.
According to CNN, an ISIS-aligned Filipino group has released a disturbing video showing four hostages, two of whom are Canadian, begging for their lives. The Canadian hostages have been identified as Robert Hall and John Ridsdel, who were taken captive from the Oceanview Marina Resort in Samal island in Davao. The third hostage is Kjartan Sekkingstad, who is the owner of the resort, and the fourth is an unidentified Filipino woman who does not speak in the video.
The video opens with the hostages begging the Canadian and Filipino governments for help. The camera then pans up to a militant whose face is covered, and he demands in English that both governments cease military actions as a prerequisite to hostage negotiations. The footage closes with the militants raising their weapons and chanting in Arabic.
The Filipino Presidential Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said on Wednesday that his government’s goal is to “ensure their safety and secure their release and all actions emanate from this.”
Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs told the press that they are aware that two of their citizens have been taken hostage.
“Canadian officials are in close contact with Filipino authorities and have been pursuing all appropriate channels to seek further information,” a spokesman said. “The Government of Canada will not comment or release any information which may compromise ongoing efforts and risks endangering the safety of Canadian citizens abroad.”
It’s incredibly disturbing that ISIS-aligned groups have now spread to other countries. There’s no telling how long it will be until these groups make it to the U.S…
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