A renowned HIV/AIDS researcher from Montreal has died in Florida.
Police in Bal Harbour, Fla., say Mark Wainberg drowned Tuesday while swimming with his son. Acting Capt. Miguel De La Rosa says Wainberg’s son was able to pull his father back to shore.
He says Wainberg, who was in his early 70s, was pronounced dead in hospital. De La Rosa says there were red flags posted at the beach. Philippine troops battling militants in a central province have killed a key Abu Sayyaf commander who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadian hostages in 2016.
The Philippines military chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated Press that troops have recovered and identified the remains of Moammar Askali, who used the nom de guerre Abu Rami, in the scene of the battle in a far-flung coastal village on Bohol island.
Five other Abu Sayyaf gunmen were killed in the fighting on Tuesday, along with four soldiers and policemen.
Askali was blamed for the kidnappings of John Ridsdel and Robert Hall in September 2015. The Canadians had been taken from a marina by Abu Sayyaf gunmen along with a Norwegian man, Kjartan Sekkingstad, and Hall’s Filipino girlfriend, Marites Flor.
The militant group demanded a ransom, which Canada refused to pay, and both Canadian men were beheaded.