Jordan executes 2 prisoners after killing of pilot

2015-02-04 06:28

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Jordan has executed two prisoners, including a would-be female suicide bomber from al-Qaeda.

The executions at dawn today came just hours after Islamic State militants released a video that purportedly showed a captured Jordanian fighter pilot being burnt alive in a cage.

Jordan vowed a swift and lethal response to what it called a “barbaric act”.

Government spokesperson Mohammed al-Momani said that two prisoners, Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouli, were executed early today.

Al-Rishawi has been on death row for her role in a triple hotel bombing in the Jordanian capital Amman in 2005 that killed dozens.

Jordan had offered to swap Rishawi, for the pilot, Lieutenant Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh. However, the militants did not deliver proof he was still alive.

Before dawn, a convoy was seen leaving Juweideh prison where al-Rishawi had been held. The convoy arrived at Swaqa prison, where executions have been carried out in the past.

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