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Jordanian pilot ‘burned alive by Islamic State’

The Islamic State group releases a video which claims to show the murder of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh. Jordanian TV says the pilot was killed a month ago on 3 January.

Al-Kasasbeh was seized by Islamic State militants after his jet crashed in north east Syria in December during a bombing mission against the militants.

A video released by Islamic State media channel al-Furqan appeared to show al-Kasasbeh being burned alive.

The head of the Jordanian armed forces told al-Kasasbeh’s family that he had been killed, Reuters reported.

The date of the murder is unclear, with Jordanian state television reporting that the pilot was killed a month ago on 3 January.

The White House said that it was aware of the video, and was verifying its contents.

The Jordanian authorities said tonight that they will execute “within hours” an Iraqi woman the government had sought to exchange for the pilot. “The decision has been taken to implement the death sentence against the Iraqi convict and others,” the source told Reuters.

Japanese hostages IS had said that it would release the pilot if Jordan freed an Iraqi woman imprisoned for an attack on a hotel that killed 60 people. Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was murdered by

Japanese hostages

IS had said that it would release the pilot if Jordan freed an Iraqi woman imprisoned for an attack on a hotel that killed 60 people.

Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was murdered by the Islamic State group on Saturday, a week after footage was released appearing to show the body of another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa.

The Islamic State group published pictures in December which allegedly showed the pilot being held. He is said to have been taking part in coalition air strikes against the militants in Syria.

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