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Jordan confirms death of IS-held pilot, vows revenge

AP , Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Feb 2015
Muath al-Kaseasbeh
File Photo: A banner with a picture of Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who is burnt alive by the Islamic State group militants, is being raised by workers near a tent prepared for receiving supporters, in Amman, Jordan, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP File Photo)

The spokesman for the Jordanian armed forces has confirmed the death of a pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group and vowed "punishment and revenge."

"The military forces announce that the hero pilot, Muath al-Kaseasbeh, has fallen as a martyr, and ask God to accept him with the martyrs," Mamdouh al-Ameri said in a statement read on Jordanian TV.

"While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasize his blood will not be shed in vain. Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians."

His remarks came after an online video purportedly released by the Islamic State group appeared to show the captured pilot being burned to death.

Earlier on Tuesday, Sky News Arabia reported that Jordan will execute Iraqi jihadist Sajida al-Rishawi and four other jihadists convicted of committing deadly terrorist attacks in the country.

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