Islamic State militants released a video on Saturday which purports to show the beheading of British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines, the Associated Press reports.
BREAKING: Video purports to show beheading of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State group
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 13, 2014
Haines, a 44-year-old from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped last year while working for the French agency ACTED in Syria.
— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) September 4, 2014
British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted that Haines’ murder is an “act of pure evil.”
“We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes,” Cameron tweeted.
According to the New York Times, the video shows Haines reading from a script in which he blames British leaders for his death.
Political correspondent for the BBC Tim Reid tweeted that the Foreign Office is working urgently to verify the video’s authenticity.
Foreign Office “working urgently to verify” a video purporting to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.
— Tim Reid (@TimReidBBC) September 13, 2014
An online video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff was circulated earlier this month. In August, James Foley, a freelance journalist who contributed to the GlobalPost, NBC News and the PBS NewsHour was also killed by the Islamic State group. The video showing Foley’s beheading was posted by militants on Aug. 19.
After the second video depicting Sotloff’s execution was released, President Barack Obama vowed the U.S. would not forget the “terrible crime against these two fine young men.”
“We will not be intimidated. Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists,” Obama said. “And those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget, and that our reach is long and that justice will be served.”