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Jordan executes 2 after ISIS killing of pilot

04 February 2015, 09:14

Amman - A Jordanian government spokesperson says Jordan has executed two prisoners, including a would-be female suicide bomber from al-Qaeda.

The executions at dawn on Wednesday came just hours after Islamic State militants released a video that purportedly showed a captured Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive in a cage.

Government spokesperson Mohammed al-Momani said that two prisoners, Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli, were executed early on Wednesday.

Al-Rishawi has been on death row for her role in a triple hotel bombing in the Jordanian capital Amman in 2005 that killed dozens.

The latest killing of an ISIS hostage was condemned by many world leaders as one of the most brutal yet, with Jordan vowing a swift and lethal response.

'Sickening murder' 

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the "sickening murder will only strengthen our resolve to defeat ISIL", another acronym for the group.

The chief of the US-led war on ISIS, General Lloyd Austin, condemned the pilot's murder as "savage" and vowed to "fight this barbaric enemy until it is defeated".

Kassasbeh was captured on 24 December 24 after his F-16 jet crashed while on a mission over northern Syria as part of the US-led coalition campaign against the jihadists.

The video released on Tuesday shows footage of him at a table recounting coalition operations against ISIS, with flags from the various Western and Arab countries in the alliance projected in the background.

It then shows Kassasbeh dressed in an orange jumpsuit and surrounded by armed and masked fighters in camouflage.

It cuts to him standing inside the cage and apparently soaked in petrol before a masked jihadist uses a torch to light a trail of flame that runs to the cage and burns him alive.

The release of the video of the pilot's purported murder came days after ISIS beheaded a second Japanese hostage within a week.

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- AP


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