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Cameron hits out at threat to kill British hostage

By Andrew Woodcock

The UK will not be "cowed" by the threats of Islamic State militants who have killed two American journalists and are threatening the life of a British hostage, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

Mr Cameron was speaking at Prime Minister's Questions after the release of a video showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the Government will examine “every possible option” to protect a British hostage who was threatened with death by a militant in the video.

Mr Cameron confirmed that analysis of the film suggested that the militant responsible for Mr Sotloff's death was the same UK citizen — nicknamed “jihadi John” — featured in a video of the earlier murder of another US journalist, James Foley, by the group also known as IS (Islamic State).

Denouncing Mr Sotloff's murder as “sickening and brutal”, Mr Cameron voiced “shock and anger that it again appears to have been carried out by a British citizen”.

And he told MPs: “Let me be very clear. This country will never give in to terrorism.”

He added: “Our opposition to Islamic State will continue at home and abroad.

“I am sure the whole country will join with me in condemning the sickening and brutal murder of another American hostage and share our shock and anger that it again appears to have been carried out by a British citizen.”

Mr Cameron added: “If they (IS) think that we will weaken in the face of their threats, they are wrong. It will have the opposite effect.”

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