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'Increasingly likely' that James Foley's executioner was British: PM David Cameron

Published on Aug 21, 2014 1:20 AM
British Prime Minister David Cameron arriving back in Downing Street, central London on August 20, 2014. Cameron broke off his holiday on Wednesday for talks on the threat posed by Islamic State jihadists following the "shocking and depraved" beheading of US journalist James Foley. Cameron was returning to his Downing Street office in London to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria as experts worked on trying to identify the executioner in the beheading video, who spoke with a British accent. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday it seemed “increasingly likely” that a British jihadist executed the US journalist James Foley.

Cameron, who broke off his holidays for meetings on the threat posed by Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria following the beheading, said the likely nationality of the executioner was “deeply shocking”.

Following the talks with senior ministers at his Downing Street office in London, he said “far too many” Britons had travelled to the region to take part in extremism.

“Let me condemn the barbaric and brutal act that has taken place and let’s be clear what this act is – it is an act of murder, and murder without any justification,” Cameron told reporters.

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