Abu Sayyaf claims another victim

Not much attention has been paid to Abu Sayyaf’s identification with Islamic State as kidnappings escalate around the Philippine's southern islands, the oldest group of hostages (2 Canadians, 1 Norwegian and 1 Filipina) faced a looming deadline of execution. Yesterday The severed head of a Canadian hostage John Risdel was found on the streets of Samal Island in the Philippines. Factions of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have captured a growing number of hostages in recent weeks (April 2016) and have issued various execution deadlines and ransom demands. In the video released by Abu Sayyaf, Ridsdel asked the Canadian people and the world to do what was needed to meet the demands of his abductors, saying that otherwise he and the other hostages would be killed.

Guest: Veryan Khan
Position: Editorial Director for Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium