The terrorist group Abu Sayyaf has vowed to kill two Canadian hostages if a ransom is not paid within 10 days.
The group sent out a video message of the two Canadians pleading for their lives.
“This is a final, urgent appeal to governments — Philippine, Canadian – and families,” one of the hostages says in the video. “If $300 million (Philippine pesos) is not paid for me by 3 p.m. on April 25, they will behead me.”
The hostages, John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, were abducted in September, along with Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad and Filipino Marites Flor from a vacation resort in the southern Philippines. The other two hostages were not mentioned in this video.
Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapsilon pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and its self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014.
An estimated 37 Abu Sayyaf fighters have been killed since last Saturday as part of a government offensive against the terrorists in the island province Basilan.