A Jordanian pilot has been captured by Islamic State militants after his plane was downed during coalition air raids in Syria, the Jordanian army says.
An army statement read on state television said: “Jordan holds the group and its supporters responsible for the safety of the pilot and his life.”
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group quoted pro-IS activists as saying the plane was brought down near Raqqa city, a stronghold of Islamic State fighters in northern Syria.
The IS in Raqqa published photographs on jihadist websites purporting to show its fighters holding the captured pilot and showed a military card identifying him as 26-year-old First Lieutenant Maaz al Kassasbeh.
Several photographs were released, including one showing the pilot, wearing only a white shirt, being carried from water by four men.
Another showed him on land, surrounded by about a dozen armed men… see more