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MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines confirmed on Tuesday the execution a Canadian man held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf Islamist militant group on a remote southern island since he was captured with three other people in September 2015.

"We strongly condemn the brutal and senseless murder of Mr. Robert Hall, a Canadian national, after being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf group in Sulu for the past nine months," Philippines President Benigno Aquino said in a statement issued by his communications secretary.

(Reporting by Manuel Mogato; Editing by Paul Tait)

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