Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Islamic State killers cowards, says widow of victim David Haines

By Scott D'Arcy

The widow of a British aid worker murdered by Islamic State (IS) extremists has branded his killers "cowards".

Dragana Haines, whose husband David was killed by the militants in a graphic video posted online in September, said she could not bear to watch the whole footage.

It comes after British-born photographer Luke Somers (33), a US citizen who was held hostage for more than a year by al-Qaida, was killed by his captors during a second rescue attempt by the US military.

Father-of-two Mr Haines (44) was taken hostage in Syria while working for international relief agency Acted in March last year.

The former RAF aircraft engineer had been been helping refugees in a camp near the Turkish border when he was snatched by IS militants.

Speaking in Croatia, Mrs Haines told Sky News: "They consider themselves brave, but that's not bravery. It's a cowardly act to behead someone who has his hands tied behind his back, who is kneeling.

"You are a coward if you are going to behead someone who is helpless. You're not even a human being.

"You must be a monster to do something like that."

Mr Haines' death was among a string of similar murders by IS, which also killed another British captive and three American hostages in videos released on social media.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph