British hostage Alan Henning killed in Isis video

BRITISH aid worker Alan Henning is feared dead tonight as Isis released a video showing his apparent beheading.

As with previous videos, the footage released by Isis also showed another captive, Peter Edward Kassig from the US, this time threatening that he would be next.

There was no independent confirmation that the murder and video were authentic but they followed the same pattern as those of two US journalists and British aid worker David Haines.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are aware of the video and are working urgently to verify the contents. If true, this is a further disgusting murder. We are offering the family every support possible; they ask to be left alone at this time."

Mr Henning, 47, and nicknamed Gadget, was a taxi driver from Salford. He was kidnapped last December shortly after crossing the Turkish border into Syria while on a mission to deliver aid.

More than 100 high-profile Muslim leaders appealed for his release and said that killing Mr Henning, a father-of-two, would be against sharia law.

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "The brutal murder of Alan Henning by ISIL shows just how barbaric these terrorists are."

"My thoughts are with his wife and their children."

Earlier this week his distraught wife, Barbara, made a desperate plea to Isis to release him after he was shown in the video revealing Mr Hain's death. She said: "Some say wrong time, wrong place. Alan was volunteering with his Muslim friends to help the people of Syria. He was in the right place doing the right thing."

Friends and co-workers have described him as "caring", "funny" and someone who "gave more than they got". Henning made the decision to volunteer after being inspired by aid workers who had already been out to Syria, and even had the words "aid for Syria" tattooed on his arm. Henning raised money for Syrian-based charities by washing cars and chose to sleep in a van on his journey across the Middle East rather than spend money on accommodation that might be spent on those in need.

The video of his murder came shortly after the elderly father of British journalist John Cantlie delivered an emotional plea from his hospital bed urging Islamist militants to free his son.

Surrounded by monitors, his hand shaking and speaking with the assistance of an electronic voice aid, Paul Cantlie, 81, said: "To those holding John, please know that he is a good man. He sought only to help the Syrian people and I ask you from all that is sacred to help us to allow him to return safely to those he loves and those who love him," he said.



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