Islamic State has burned alive a Jordanian pilot in a horrific video released by the militant group.

Mu’ath Al Kassasbeh was taken captive by IS when his F-16 fighter jet crashed near Raqqa, Syria, in December.

Images of his murder have been circulated by IS supporters on Twitter.

They show the 26-year-old airman in an orange jumpsuit in a cage with a trail of fuel leading to him.

The fuel is then lit and the cage bursts into flames.

The Jordanian government has informed his family he has been killed and vowed an “earth-shattering” response against IS.

“The blood of the martyr will not have been shed in vain and … vengeance will be proportional to this catastrophe that has struck all Jordanians,” said army spokesman General Mamduh al Amiri.

Jordanian state TV said Mr Al Kassasbeh was murdered on 3 January – nearly a month before IS offered to spare his life in return for al Qaeda prisoner Sajida al Rishawi.

Security officials said Al Rishawi, who is on death row in Jordan for her role in a hotel attack that killed 60 people, will be executed in the capital Amman on Wednesday morning, AFP news agency reported.

The US said it “strongly condemns” Mr Al Kassasbeh’s killing and stands in solidarity with Jordan… see more

source: skynews