Islamic State claims beheading of British hostage

A video purportedly showing threats being made to a man Islamic State (IS) named as David Haines by a masked IS fighter in an unknown location in this still image from video released by Islamic State on Sept 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A video purportedly showing threats being made to a man Islamic State (IS) named as David Haines by a masked IS fighter in an unknown location in this still image from video released by Islamic State on Sept 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Islamic State jihadist group claimed it executed British aid worker David Haines, in retaliation for British leader David Cameron entering a coalition with the United States against the militants.

This would be the third such execution in recent weeks, after two US journalists taken hostage in Syria were shown murdered.

The Islamist group released a video, available on the website of private terrorism monitoring group SITE, purportedly showing a masked militant beheading Haines.