The Islamic State released a video early Sunday morning showing what is believed to be the execution of American aid worker Peter Kassig, a former Army Ranger who disappeared last year at a checkpoint in northeastern Syria while delivering medical aid.
The footage does not actually show the executioner, a British militant known as ‘Jihadi John’, kill Kassig. According to Reuters, John can be seen standing with a decapitated head at his feet.
“This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen,” he says.
This comes despite earlier reports that the extremist, who has executed other UK and US hostages, was wounded in an airstrike on a top-level extremists’ meeting in Iraq last week.
The video allegedly showing Kassig’s death is part of 15 minutes of footage, which depicts John, alongside 18 other unmasked IS militants, beheading 20 men one by one. The victims have been identified as officers serving under the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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