David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britain, deplored a murderer of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter, by the Sunni radical Islamic State (IS) group.
Cameron said in a statement, “This underlines the deplorable depths to which these terrorists are prepared to go, savagely murdering a compassionate man.” He further added, referring to the killings of 13 people including Kassig “These beheadings show once again what a depraved organization this is.”
A video posted on Internet on Sunday showed how Abdul-Rahman Kassig was brutally beheaded by the militants of IS, earlier known as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).
Kassig was a 26-year-old US aid worker and a former US Army ranger who was captured by the IS in the October last year while he was travelling to Syria.
“Like others who have been murdered in cold blood by ISIL, Abdul-Rahman Kassig was a selfless humanitarian worker who had gone to the region to help care for those fleeing the Syrian conflict,” Xinhua quoted the Prime Minister.
“My heart goes out tonight to Abdul-Rahman’s family,” he further continued.
Reports also say that Kassig changed his religion to Islam and his name to Abdul Rahman when he was captured.
The IS has also released a video that showed beheading of two US journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as two British aid workers, David Haiens and Alan Henning.
“We are heartbroken to learn that our son, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, has lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering. Our heart also goes out to the families of the Syrians who lost their lives, along with our son,” Kassig’s parents, Paula and Ed Kassig said in a statement last night.
“Fed by a strong desire to use his life to save the lives of others, Abdul-Rahman was drawn to the camps that are filled with displaced families and to understaffed hospitals inside Syria. We know he found his home amongst the Syrian people, and he hurt when they were hurting.”
Last month, they broke their silence over his captivity because “the dynamics” had changed, and they feared for his life.
The couple also unveiled excerpts from a letter written by their son including a statement that shows his fear, “it may very well be coming down to the wire here”.
While being proud on their son, his parents said, “for living his life according to his humanitarian calling. We will work every day to keep his legacy alive as best we can.”