British hostage David Haines ‘murdered in Isis beheading’
Shafaqna – The Independent reported: Isis have released a video purporting to show the execution of British aid worker David Haines.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This is a despicable and appalling murder of an innocent aid worker. It is an act of pure evil.
“My heart goes out to the family of David Haines who have shown extraordinary courage and fortitude throughout this ordeal. We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.”
Prior to the Prime Minister’s statement, Foreign Office staff issued a statement that they were urgently trying to verify the authenticity of the film.
Mr Cameron came back to Downing Street last night and said he would be attending an emergency COBRA meeting on Sunday morning.
Mr Haines, a father of two, was abducted while working for a non-governmental organisation in Syria in March 2013.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “I am sickened at the disgusting, barbaric killing of David Haines.
“He was somebody whose only purpose was to help innocent people, themselves victims of conflict.”
Mr Miliband continued: “My deepest condolences and thoughts are with his family as they cope with this terrible crime. And the hearts of the British people will go out to them.”
The film was titled “Message To The Allies of America” and appeared to show Mr Haines, who Isis threatened to kill in a previous video, kneeling in the desert.
Speaking to the camera, the hostage identified by Isis as Mr Haines, 44, says: “I would like to declare that I hold you David Cameron entirely responsible for my execution.”
He later adds: “Unfortunately it is we, the British public, who will pay the price for our parliament’s selfish decisions.”
Just as in the earlier videos released by Isis which showed the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff in recent weeks, a man clad all in black speaks in the film before Mr Haines is apparently beheaded.
The man blames the United Kingdom for its involvement with the United States in the fightback against Isis in Iraq and Syria.
He says in the film: “If you, Cameron, persist in fighting the Islamic State, then you like your master Obama will have the blood of your people on your hands.”
Isis have captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria and have urged Muslims from around the world to join them.
A father of two daughters, he was living in Croatia before his kidnapping. He had previously worked in some of the world’s most dangerous regions, in his role as an aid worker, including Libya and South Sudan.
The video was released after a day in which Mr Haines’s family had made an attempt to contact his captors – although a statement released by the Foreign Office said that their requests for talks had been ignored. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond had said the government was doing “everything” it could to protect him.
Mr Foley’s death was reported a month ago when Isis released its first “Message To America” video on the internet. Two weeks later Steven Sotloff was beheaded in a similar film. At the end of that second video, Mr Haines was shown in an orange jumpsuit and threatened with death.
The UK Foreign Office said last night it was working to verify the video.
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