A Canadian man held captive by the Islamic State-linked group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines is believed to have been executed after a ransom deadline expired.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has “reason to believe” earlier reports of Robert Hall’s death.
Trudeau says Canadian officials are working closely with authorities in the Philippines for confirmation.
Robert Hall was kidnapped in the Philippines last September along with Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, a Filipino woman and fellow Canadian John Ridsdel, who was later killed in April by the terrorist group.
The kidnappers had reportedly previously demanded 300 million pesos ($8.1 million) for each of the foreigners.
In May, a video released by the terrorist group showed Hall calling on the Filipino government to help save him and his two fellow hostages before June 13. The Intelligence group SITE confirmed the video was from Abu Sayyaf, and said the terrorist group described it as “the ‘final message’ from its three hostages.
In April, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Ridsdel was executed by Abu Sayyaf militants after being held hostage for seven months.
With files from David Shum, Global News