Islamic militants, claiming to be part of IS, have released a graphic video showing the brutal beheading of British hostage David Haines by the IS extremist known as “Jihadi John.” The video is two and and half minutes long and shows Haines being forced to read a statement condemning Britain’s decision to “arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State,” before Haines is decapitated and his head placed on his bloody corpse.
The Prime Minister cut short a his visit to a society wedding in Hampshire and rushed back to Downing Street. He is currently chairing an emergency meeting of COBRA on Sunday morning.
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.”
44 year-old Haines, who was from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped last year, just three days into a new job in Syria; he was kidnapped and passed to militants who are part of IS (Islamic State). The aid worker was working for the French aid organisation Acted at the time and had previously held aid roles in South Sudan and Libya.
The horrific murder comes only a day after his family released a statement begging his captors to get in touch with them, in a statement that said:
“We are the family of David Haines. We have sent messages to you to which we have not received a reply. We are asking those holding David to make contact with us.”
This is the third shocking decapitation by the British extremist known as Jihadi John, who has previously taken the lives of two US journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Ex-captives have claimed that Haines was tortured and reports of his being so ill he required medical treatment also surfaced in the last fortnight.
David Haines was married with two children.