IS claims to have burned Jordanian pilot alive

The highly produced 22-minute video released online showed images of a man engulfed in flames inside a metal cage


Afp February 04, 2015
Relatives of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al Kasaesbeh hold his portrait as they take part in a rally in his support at the family's headquarters in the city of Karak. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group released a video on Tuesday purportedly showing a captive Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive, in the militant group’s most brutal execution yet of a foreign hostage.

The highly produced 22-minute video released online showed images of a man purported to be First Lieutenant Maaz al Kassasbeh, who was captured in December, engulfed in flames inside a metal cage.

Amman confirmed the death of the 26-year-old, while the video’s authenticity has still not been verified, and vowed an “earth-shattering” response.

The military warned that “the blood of the martyr will not have been shed in vain and... vengeance will be proportional to this catastrophe that has struck all Jordanians”.

State television said Kassasbeh had been killed January 3, before IS  offered to spare his life and free a Japanese journalist in return for the release of a female would-be suicide bomber on death row in Jordan.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2015.

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JSM | 6 years ago | Reply

why no pakistani comments on this event (or non-event)?

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