IS killers ‘monsters and cowards’

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Published: Sunday 7th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The widow of a British aid worker murdered by Islamic State (IS) extremists has branded his killers “cowards”.

Dragana Haines, whose husband David was killed by the militants in a graphic video posted online in September, said she could not bear to watch the whole footage.

It comes after British-born photographer Luke Somers, 33, a US citizen who was held hostage for more than a year by al Qaida, was killed by his captors during a second rescue attempt by the US military.

Father-of-two Mr Haines, 44, was taken hostage in Syria while working for international relief agency Acted in March last year.

The former RAF aircraft engineer had been been helping refugees in a camp near the Turkish border when he was snatched by IS militants.

Speaking in Croatia, Mrs Haines told Sky News: ” They consider themselves brave, but that’s not bravery. It’s a cowardly act to behead someone who has his hands tied behind his back, who is kneeling.

“You are a coward if you are going to behead someone who is helpless. You’re not even a human being.

“You must be a monster to do something like that.”

Mr Haines’ death was among a string of similar murders by IS, which also killed another British captive and three American hostages in videos released on social media.

IS posted the series of videos online showing the separate murders of US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, US aid worker Peter Kassig and British aid volunteer Alan Henning.

Footage claiming to show Mr Henning’s murder appeared on the internet just days after the UK joined US-led air strikes against the terrorists in Iraq.

Another Briton, photojournalist John Cantlie, has appeared in several propaganda videos for the extremists, while his family has appealed for them to make direct contact.

Published: Sunday 7th December 2014 by The News Editor

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