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Murder of British aid worker widely condemned

26th Sep 2014


British Aid Worker David Haines

Sara Asaria

The beheading of 44 year-old British aid worker David Haines by ISIS kidnapped in Syria last March, has been widely condemned in the UK.

In his response to the brutal killing, Prime Minister, David Cameron, vowed to issue retribution towards ISIS: “Today the whole country will want to express its deep sympathy for David Haines’ family. David Haines was a British hero.”

British Muslims also condemned the murder of Haines. Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Dr Shuja Shafi, said: “British Muslims condemn unreservedly the murder of our fellow Briton, David Haines. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Mr Haines.”

Spokesman for the United Kingdom Shia Muslim Council, Sheikh Mohammed Al-Hilli, condemning the brutal killing of Haines said, “Once again, this violent and barbaric group has demonstrated its reality, having killed thousands of Iraqis, Syrians and others over the past few years.”

“It is not a race, religion or political issue – it is a human issue and it is in our everyday lives,” said brother of David Haines, Mike.

Born in Holderness, East Yorkshire, Haines had spent 10 days in Syria on a humanitarian mission before he was captured by a terrorist organisation in March 2013. He had previously worked with Nonviolent Peace Force in Sudan and headed an aid campaign in Libya, with the charity Handicap International, in 2011, to educate citizens on the dangers faced from weapons and explosives.

This latest instance of extremist brutality follows the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff at the hands of ISIS and provokes a mounting fear for the life of a second British hostage whose life is being threatened. 47-year old Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker, left his job as a taxi driver to deliver supplies to Muslim refugees caught up in the Syrian civil war. He was kidnapped last December during an aid convoy near Syria’s border with Turkey.

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