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Foley killing an 'utter betrayal': British foreign secretary

Published on Aug 24, 2014 7:10 PM
Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond leaves Downing Street, central London, on Aug 20, 2014, after a meeting to discuss the ongoing crisis involving the Islamic State radical group. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON, Aug 24, 2014 (AFP) - Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Sunday that the killing of US journalist James Foley by a man speaking with an English accent was an “utter betrayal of our country”.

Hammond’s comments came amid growing concern in London that British passport holders who travel to fight in Iraq and Syria could return to commit attacks on British soil.

The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group posted a video of Foley’s killing online Tuesday. In it, a masked militant with a London accent executed the journalist, who had been missing since his capture in Syria in 2012.

The Sunday Times newspaper, citing unnamed senior government sources, reported that intelligence services MI5 and MI6 have identified the fighter suspected of killing Foley but the sources did not divulge the suspect’s name.

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