Jordan executes jihadists after IS murder of pilot

February 4, 2015 8:11 am
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Supporters and family of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, gather in the Jordanian capital Amman on February 3, 2015 following his reported killing by the Islamic State group/AFP
Supporters and family of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, gather in the Jordanian capital Amman on February 3, 2015 following his reported killing by the Islamic State group/AFP

, AMMAN, Feb 4- Jordan executed two death row jihadists including an Iraqi woman militant on Wednesday after vowing to avenge the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots by the Islamic State group.

Would be Iraqi female suicide bomber Sajida al Rishawi and Iraqi A Qaeda member Ziad al Karboli were hanged at 4:00 am (0200 GMT), government spokesman Mohammad al Momani said.

A security source said the executions were carried out at Swaqa prison south of the capital in the presence of an Islamic legal official.

Jordan had promised to begin executing Islamic extremists on death row at daybreak in response to the murder of Maaz al Kassasbeh, who was captured by IS when his plane went down in Syria in December.

Rishawi, 44, was sentenced to death for her participation in deadly attacks in Amman in 2005. IS had offered to spare Kassasbeh’s life and free a Japanese hostage — who was later beheaded — if she were released.

Karboli was sentenced to death in 2007 on terrorism charges, including the killing of a Jordanian in Iraq.

Jordan had on Tuesday vowed to avenge the killing of Kassasbeh, hours after a harrowing video emerged online purporting to show the caged 26 year old F-16 fighter pilot engulfed in flames.

The video — the most brutal yet in a series of gruesome recorded killings of hostages by IS — prompted global revulsion and vows of continued international efforts to combat the Sunni Muslim extremist group.

The killing sparked outrage in Jordan and demonstrations in Amman and the city of Karak, the home of Kassasbeh’s influential tribe.

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