ISIS - US female hostage killed in airstrike

2015-02-06 22:24

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Beirut - The Islamic State group claimed on Friday that a female American hostage had been killed in an air strike in Syria by the US-led coalition.

In a statement posted on jihadist websites, IS said the woman was buried under rubble after a raid by a Jordanian warplane in Raqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the militant group.

"The plane from the crusader coalition bombed a position outside the city of Raqa after Friday prayers," it said.

"No fighter was wounded but we can confirm that an American hostage was killed in the strikes."

The statement did not show any pictures of a body and there was no independent confirmation of the claim.

US officials declined to comment.

"I cannot confirm those reports in any way. I'm not going into specifics of Americans held overseas," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

Britain-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 30 IS jihadists were killed in coalition raids Friday on the Raqa area.

It said they died in raids on "positions and depots sheltering military vehicles and tanks, east and west of the city of Raqa".

IS has seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, ruling with a brutal version of Islamic law.

It has murdered both locals and foreigners, including two US journalists, an American aid worker, two British aid workers, two Japanese hostages and a Jordanian fighter pilot.

Jordan, one of several Arab countries in the US-led coalition, vowed a harsh response after IS released a video this week showing the burning alive of Maaz al-Kassasbeh.

Kassasbeh was captured in December after his F-16 crashed in Syria while on a mission against the Sunni extremists.

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