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Islamic State video shows beheading of British hostage Alan Henning

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LONDON: British taxi driver Alan Henning, who skipped Christmas with his family to raise funds to purchase ambulances and medical equipment and join an aid convoy to Syria, has been beheaded by Islamic State militants.

Henning (47) from Eccles, Greater Manchester had been held captive in Syria for nine months by ISIS.

Despite repeated requests from his wife who said that Henning “was working with Muslims to help the most vulnerable within Syria” IS on Friday night released a video showing Henning’s beheading, making him the fourth western hostage and the second Briton to have been killed.

The others who were beheaded on video were US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and Scottish aid worker David Haines.

In the video Henning says: “I am Alan Henning. Because of our parliament’s decision to attack the Islamic State, I as a member of the British public will now pay the price for that decision”.

In the video, titled “Another Message to America and its allies,” a masked man standing behind Henning, who is seen kneeling in front, says “The blood of David Haines was on your hands David Cameron. Alan Henning will also be slaughtered but his blood is on the hands of British parliament.”

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