Alan Henning killed by Islamic StatePosted: October 3, 2014
The Salford taxi driver was delivering aid to Syria in December when he was kidnapped and then held hostage
BBC – 3 October 2014 – Last updated at 18:38 ET
“My thoughts and prayers tonight are with Alan’s wife Barbara, their children and all those who loved him.”
— David Cameron
IS threatened to kill him in footage last month showing the death of Briton David Haines, and in this video they threaten US aid worker Peter Kassig.
David Cameron said Britain would do all it could “to hunt down these murderers and bring them to justice”.
The prime minister said the killing of father-of-two Mr Henning, 47, showed “how barbaric and repulsive” IS was.
“My thoughts and prayers tonight are with Alan’s wife Barbara, their children and all those who loved him,” he said.
“Alan had gone to Syria to help get aid to people of all faiths in their hour of need.”
Mr Henning’s wife Barbara had this week appealed for her husband’s release, saying: “He is innocent.”
IS has previously released videos showing the apparent beheadings of two US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid worker Mr Haines.
The video released on Friday is yet to be verified, but it appears to show Mr Henning kneeling beside a militant, dressed in black, in a desert setting.
The footage ends with an IS fighter threatening a man they identify as Mr Kassig.
In a statement, Mr Kassig’s family asked people around the world to pray for his release and that of “all innocent people being held hostage in the Middle East and around the globe”.
They also asked people to pray for Mr Henning’s family, adding: “We have read about his work and his generous character with great respect and admiration.”
BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera said the footage was similar to previous videos released by IS, though slightly shorter.
He said it included a reference to last week’s vote by UK Parliament to authorise air strikes against IS in Iraq.
Like previous videos it features a militant with an apparently British accent, he added...(read more)
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