Jordanian jets [illustrative].
(photo credit: REUTERS)
AMMAN - Jordanian fighter jets flew on Thursday over the hometown of a pilot killed by Islamic State terrorists after ending a mission against militants in Syria, a security official said.
Jordan's King Abdullah was visiting the pilot's family at the time of the flyover. The show of force came two days after the Islamic State released a video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive.
State television had earlier said the fighter jets had completed a mission without giving the location of their sortie. But a security official confirmed to Reuters the mission was in a location in Syria under Islamic State control.
Jordan's military, which is part of the US-led coalition against the group, has vowed to avenge pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh's killing.
State television showed a sombre king sitting alongside the army chief and senior officials visiting the Kasaesbeh tribal family in Aya, a village near Karak 100 km (60 miles) south of the capital Amman.
Thousands of Jordanians flocked to pay respects in traditional Arab Bedouin style in a part of the country where influential tribes form an important pillar of the Hashemite rule, supplying the army and security forces with its manpower.
"You are a wise monarch. These criminals violated the rules of war in Islam and they have no humanity. Even humanity disowns them," Safi Kasaesbeh, the father of the pilot, told the king.