ISIS Video Claims To Show Beheading Of British Aid Worker David Haines
Islamic State militants released a video on social media on today Saturday they said showed the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.
In the video produced by ISIS’ media wing and posted on Twitter, a masked militant with a British-sounding accent addresses U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, before appearing to behead Haines.
A 44-year-old father of two from Scotland, Haines was abducted in Syria last year while working for the French aid agency ACTED. He appeared in a video earlier this month showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, just weeks after the group sparked worldwide revulsion by beheading U.S. reporter James Foley.
Following the pattern of the previous videos, the clip begins with news footage of Cameron discussing his policy towards the militant group, before showing Haines kneeling in the sand, wearing an orange jumpsuit, as he makes a statement. The militant warns Britain will be dragged into “another bloody and unwinnable war” for helping to arm the Kurdish Peshmerga force battling the group in Iraq.
The man later threatens another hostage, who also appears in the video, saying he isBritish national Alan Henning. According to Syrians who wrote on Twitter that they recognized the man, Henning is an also aid worker captured while working in Syria.
The British government’s Foreign Office said it was working urgently to verify the video, the Associated Press reported. “If true, this is another disgusting murder,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. “We are offering the family every support possible. They ask to be left alone at this time.”
Prime Minister Cameron decried the killing as “pure evil” and vowed to find the killers, in a post on his official Twitter account. The BBC reported that Cameron had called an emergency government meeting.