Date
26 September 2017
Abdul Rahman (Peter) Kassig delivers food to Syrian refugees in May last year. Photo: Reuters
Abdul Rahman (Peter) Kassig delivers food to Syrian refugees in May last year. Photo: Reuters

Islamic State beheads US hostage

Islamic State militants have beheaded another American hostage, Peter Kassig.

They released a video on Sunday claiming the killing and warning the United States they would kill other US citizens “on your streets”, Reuters reported Monday.

US President Barack Obama confirmed the death of the aid worker in what he called “an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity”.

The militants announced Kassig’s death, the fifth such killing of a Western captive by the group, in a 15-minute video posted online in which Islamic State showed the beheadings of at least 14 men it said were pilots and officers loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Kassig, 26, from Indiana, was also known as Abdul-Rahman, the name he took after converting to Islam in captivity. His family has said he was taken captive on his way to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Oct. 1, 2013.

“We are heartbroken to learn that our son, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, has lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering,” Ed and Paula Kassig said in a statement.

“Our heart also goes out to the families of the Syrians who lost their lives, along with our son.”

Obama praised Kassig’s humanitarian work and offered condolences to his family.

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