Islamic State claims it has beheaded US hostage Kassig

November 16, 2014 11:41

CAIRO - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria claimed in a video posted online on Sunday that they had beheaded American hostage Peter Kassig.

The video did not show the beheading but showed a masked man standing with a decapitated head covered in blood lying at his feet.Speaking in English in a British accent, the man says: "This is Peter Edward Kassig, a US citizen."

Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the footage, which appeared on a jihadist website and on Twitter feeds used by Islamic State.

The video also shows a number of other people being beheaded.

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