UPDATE 6/21/16 @ 4:34 pm EDT: DNA evidence released by the Philippines National Police has confirmed that Robert Hall’s decapitated head has been found on Jolo Island. Read the original story below.
In a new video purportedly released by Islamic State affiliate Abu Sayyaf, Canadian hostage Robert Hall is beheaded after Canada’s refusal to pay the terrorists his ransom. The brutal video was released on ISIS terrorist channels on June 14.
The video comes a day after the Canadian government refused to meet a ransom deadline made by Abu Sayyaf. On June 12, Abu Sayyaf made one final demand for the ransom, claiming they were going to torture Hall prior to his beheading.
The video comes a little over a month after fellow Canadian John Ridsdel’s beheading video.
Hall appeared in a ransom video released in November 2015 by Abu Sayyaf, the second time he was forced on camera following his kidnapping in September. He appeared along with John Risdel and Kjartan Sekkingstad of Norway. Marites Flor, a Filipino, is the woman in the video and is the girlfriend of Hall. Watch that video here.
Abu Sayyaf means “father of the swordsmith” in Arabic. According to The International Business Times, senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and other masked men pledged their allegiance to ISIS in a summer of 2014 video.