Jordanian pilot taken hostage by ISIL in December has been killed by the militant group. Jordan will execute al-Qaeda prisoners: Sajida al-Rishawi, Ziad al-Karbouli and four other militants.
The Jordanian pilot, Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who was captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in December after his plane crashed on the terrorist-controlled territory in Syria, has reportedly been burned alive on Tuesday.
Jordan has been making efforts to exchange the pilot for an al-Qaeda prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi, who was arrested after a failed suicide bombing attempt. However, one of the conditions for the exchange was that ISIL shows proof of the pilot being alive.
Earlier, Jordan has threatened to hang every ISIL prisoner they currently hold if their pilot was harmed.
A video that shows the pilot being burned alive was distributed on a twitter account that posts ISIL related propaganda.
The video shows Kasaesbeh wearing an orange jumpsuit, inside a cage, being consumed by fire.
The pilot’s family and Jordanian officials have confirmed the video is authentic. Jordanian State TV reported that he was killed back on January 3, 2015.
Within hours after the video was posted, Jordanian officials said the government will execute six al-Qaeda prisoners including, Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli, for terrorist-related crimes, according to Lebanese news site el-Nashra.
Director and co-founder of the SITE Intelligence Group that tracks the militants online said the video entitled “Healing of the Believers’ Chests,” is the militants’ “most barbaric video yet.”
Photographs of Kasasbeh were released showing his semi-naked body, being pulled from water by gunmen shortly after the execution.
The Jordan’s pilot’s death comes just days after ISIL posted a video online, showing the decapitation of the Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto.
The White House has condemned the execution.
The King of Jordan cut short his visit to US to return to Jordan immediately, following the killing of the Jordanian pilot after failed international efforts to release him.
President Barak Obama said earlier this week that a 26-year-old American woman is currently being held by ISIL. The unnamed female is believed to be the only US citizen held captive by the terrorist organization, after it beheaded aid worker Peter Kassig in November.