The British aid worker, David Haines was in news as he was beheaded by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. He was kept as a hostage by the militant group in Syria and his beheading was confirmed after the group released a video of beheading Haines on 13 September 2014.
Haines, 44-year-old and a father of two was working for a French aid agency when he was kidnapped in Syria in March 2013. In the video, the militants have also threatened to kill the second Briton named Alan Henning, 47. The video also states that Haines execution is retribution for Cameron who is working to arm Iraqi forces in fighting against ISIS and also for recent airstrikes that targeted the groups’ position near Haditha Dam of Iraq.
The central figure the masked person who has beheaded all these three has been nicknamed as Jihadi John.
Haines was the first Briton and third Western hostage of the ISIS militants who were beheaded in 2014. The other two were Journalists and they were James Foley (first American citizen – was an American freelance journalist and photojournalist of the Syrian Civil War) and Steven Sotloff (was an Israeli-American journalist for TIME magazine and The Jerusalem Post). Video of beheading Foley was released on 19 August 2014, whereas, the video of beheading Sotloff was released on 2 September 2014.
Reactions on beheading of David Haines
• British Prime Minister David Cameron defined this beheading and murder of David Haines as an act of pure evil. He also said that the UK will take whatever steps are necessary to defeat the militants of ISIS group.
• The US President Obama condemned the act and termed it as the barbaric murder.
• The UN Security Council has condemned the heinous and cowardly murder of David Haines and said this crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel face every day in Syria. UNSC also stressed that the ISIS must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out. It urged all states to cooperate actively with Britain's efforts to bring the perpetrators of Haines' execution to justice.