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Philippines Cops Confirm Head Recovered In Sulu Is That Of Robert Hall

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MANILA: The Philippine National Police’s Crime Laboratory on Tuesday confirmed the identification of the decapitated head found in Sulu to be that of Canadian national Robert Hall, a captive whom the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) bandits beheaded last June 13.

“The DNA profile from the Canadian Embassy matched with the specimen, meaning the head that was recovered from Sulu is indeed that of Robert Hall,” PNP Crime Laboratory director Chief Supt. Emmanuel Aranas said in a press briefing at Camp Crame.

The ASG bandits beheaded Hall after a P600mil (RM52mil) ransom deadline expired at 3 p.m. last June 13.

Some five hours after the rebel group confirmed the beheading of Hall, Jolo police found a decapitated head of a Caucasian man inside a plastic bag around 9pm on Sanchez Street beside the Carmelite Cathedral there.

Hall was the second Canadian the ASG beheaded since it took hostage four people, including a Filipino woman and a Norwegian national on Samal Island September last year. His compatriot John Ridsdel was beheaded in April. – Philippines Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network

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