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Suspected Muslim militants release video of foreigners, Filipino kidnapped in the Philippines

  • Col. Restituto Padilla, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, reads the military's reaction to the video purportedly showing for the first time two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman who were abducted last month from a southern Philippines resort, demanding that government forces stop artillery fire and assaults, following a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Authorities were trying to verify the authenticity of the video, and the Philippine military said that they would reject any demands from the militants. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Col. Restituto Padilla, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, reads the military's reaction to the video purportedly showing for the first time two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman who were abducted last month from a southern Philippines resort, demanding that government forces stop artillery fire and assaults, following a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Authorities were trying to verify the authenticity of the video, and the Philippine military said that they would reject any demands from the militants. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Col. Restituto Padilla, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, gestures after reading the military's reaction to the video purportedly showing for the first time two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman who were abducted last month from a southern Philippines resort, demanding that government forces stop artillery fire and assaults, following a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Authorities were trying to verify the authenticity of the video, and the Philippine military said that they would reject any demands from the militants. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Col. Restituto Padilla, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, gestures after reading the military's reaction to the video purportedly showing for the first time two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman who were abducted last month from a southern Philippines resort, demanding that government forces stop artillery fire and assaults, following a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Authorities were trying to verify the authenticity of the video, and the Philippine military said that they would reject any demands from the militants. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • This frame grab from militant video purportedly shows armed militants surrounding two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman abducted last month in the Philippines. The Philippine army said on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, that authorities were trying to verify the authenticity of the video, adding that the military would reject any demands from the militants. (Militant Video via AP)

    This frame grab from militant video purportedly shows armed militants surrounding two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman abducted last month in the Philippines. The Philippine army said on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, that authorities were trying to verify the authenticity of the video, adding that the military would reject any demands from the militants. (Militant Video via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Suspected Muslim militants have posted a video purportedly showing for the first time two Canadians, a Norwegian and a Filipino woman who were abducted last month from a southern Philippine resort, demanding that government forces stop artillery fire and assaults.

Army Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado said Wednesday the military was trying to verify the authenticity of the video, adding the military had rejected the demands.

The video was circulated online and by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites. It shows the glum-looking hostages sitting in a grassy clearing, with a dozen mostly masked gunmen standing behind them. Two black flags associated with the Islamic State group hang in the backdrop of lush foliage.