Philippine police confirm severed head belongs to Canadian Robert Hall

The Philippines National Police have confirmed that a severed head found near a cathedral on the island of Jolo was that of Canadian Robert Hall, 68, who was executed by Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf last week.

Hostage since September 2015 was killed by Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf on June 13

Canadian national Robert Hall, right, and Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, left, are shown in this undated picture released to local media. Islamist militant group, Abu Sayyaf, executed Hall on June 13. (Reuters)

The Philippines National Police have confirmed that a severed head found near a cathedral on the island of Jolo was that of Canadian Robert Hall, 68., who was executed by Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf last week.

Samples taken from the head matched the DNA profile of Hall supplied by a Canadian forensics laboratory, ABS-CBN reported.

Hall was captured by Abu Sayyaf in September 2015 with three others and was killed after a ransom deadline passed.

After the beheading, Hall's family said that they supported Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's directive that money should not be paid to hostage takers.

"Our family, even in our darkest hour, agrees wholeheartedly with Canada's policy of not paying ransom," the Hall family said in a statement.

Hall's death came after fellow Canadian John Ridsel was also executed by Abu Sayyaf in April.

With files from The Canadian Press