The British aid worker, Alan Henning was beheaded by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. The militants group fighting in Iraq and Syria on 3 October 2014 posted a video that shows, the British-accented Jihadist known as Jihadi John beheading Henning.
The released video has shown Henning on his knees against a desert backdrop with a masked militant standing over him wielding a combat knife before and beheading him. The masked person while beheading Henning claims that his death is retaliation for UK strikes against the group.
Henning, a 47-year-old from Manchester in England was kidnapped in December 2013. He volunteered to help drive an aid convoy to Syria for a Muslim country. Henning is the second British national and fourth Western hostage killed in the same manner. Apart from Henning other three are David Haines (a Briton), James Foley (American) and Steven Sotloff (American).
Reaction on beheading of Alan Henning
The ISIS act of beheading Henning has been condemned by the British Prime Minister David Cameron and he vowed to bring his killers to justice. A statement released by Cameron’s Downing Street office says that the brutal murder shows how barbaric these terrorists are.
The United Nations has condemned the act by terming it as heinous and cowardly murder of a British humanitarian aid worker. The 15-nation UN Security Council said that the killing of Henning is a tragic reminder of increasing dangers against the volunteer humanitarian personnel working in Syria.
US President Barack Obama condemned the murder and said that Henning worked to help improve the lives of the Syrian people and his death is a great loss for them, his family and the people of United Kingdom.