Jordan sceptical its planes killed US hostage

Jordan said on Friday it was highly sceptical about ISIS claims that an American woman held hostage by the militants in Syria - thought to be aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller (above) - had been killed in a bombing raid by Jordanian fighter jet
Jordan said on Friday it was highly sceptical about ISIS claims that an American woman held hostage by the militants in Syria - thought to be aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller (above) - had been killed in a bombing raid by Jordanian fighter jets. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

AMMAN (REUTERS/AFP) - Jordan said on Friday it was highly sceptical about claims by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that an American woman held hostage by the militants in Syria had been killed in a bombing raid by Jordanian fighter jets.

"We are looking into it but our first reaction is that we think it is illogical and we are highly sceptical about it... It's part of their criminal propaganda," government spokesman Mohammad Momani said.

"How could they identify Jordanian war planes from a huge distance in the sky? What would an American woman be doing in a weapons warehouse?" he added.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh denounced the ISIS claim of her death.

“An old and sick trick used by terrorists and despots for decades: claiming that hostages human shields held captive are killed by air raids,” Judeh tweeted.

The woman has been identified as 26-year-old aid worker Kayla Jean Mueller of Prescott, Arizona.

Jordan said on Friday it had carried out a second straight day of air strikes on Islamic State militants to avenge the death of a captured Jordanian pilot who was burned alive by the group.