Jordan has executed by hanging a jailed Iraqi woman militant whose release had been demanded by ISIS that burnt a captured Jordanian pilot to death, a security source said on Wednesday.
Responding to the killing of pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, whose death was announced on Tuesday, the Jordanian authorities also executed another senior al-Qaeda prisoner sentenced to death for plots to wage attacks against the pro-Western kingdom in the last decade.
Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman militant, was sentenced to death for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack that killed 60 people. Ziyad Karboli, an Iraqi al-Qaeda operative, who was convicted in 2008 for killing a Jordanian, was also executed at dawn, the source said.
Rishawi, the would-be bomber, was condemned to death for her participation in deadly attacks in Amman in 2005, and ISIS had offered to spare the life of the Jordanian fighter pilot, Lieutenant Moaz al-Kassasbeh, if she were released.
“The death sentence will be carried out on a group of jihadists, starting with Rishawi, as well as Iraqi al-Qaeda operative Ziad Karbuli and others who attacked Jordan’s interests,” a security source said Tuesday night.
“Jordan’s response will be earth-shattering,” Information Minister Mohammed Momani said earlier on television, while the army and government vowed to avenge the pilot’s murder.
“Whoever doubted the unity of the Jordanian people, we will prove them wrong,” said Momani, who is also government spokesman.
“The pilot did not belong to a specific tribe or come from a specific governorate, he was the son of all Jordanians, who stand united,” he said… see more