Alan Henning: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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ISIS hostage Alan Henning was shown at the end of a video that purportedly shows British aide worker David Cawthorne Haines being beheaded by Jihadi John.

On October 3, ISIS released another video purporting to show Henning being beheaded.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. He’s a British Citizen

Like Haines, Henning is a British citizen. Henning is reportedly from the Manchester area.

According to Harald Doornbos, a Dutch reporter who lives in the Middle East and Pakistan:

Doornbos further reporters that ISIS brought Henning into ISIS jail in January of this year.

2. He Was Working for a Muslim NGO

As Doornbos reported, Bellingcat journalist Brown Moses seconded the information that Henning is an aide worker.

The name of the Muslim NGO Henning was working for at the time of his capture by ISIS is unknown.

People on Twitter are claiming that his main cause for going to Syria was to help Syrians during the civil war. He was then captured when ISIS took the Syrian city of Al Dana.

3. Jihadi John Blames Execution on British PM David Cameron

While standing next to Henning with a knife, the Islamic State executioner dubbed “Jihadi John” addresses British PM David Cameron:

If you, Cameron, persist in fighting the Islamic State then you, like your master Obama, will have the blood of your people on your hands.

4. Not Much Else is Known About Henning

As for the rest of Henning’s story, not much else is known.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

5. David Cameron Has Responded to ISIS

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David Cameron has already issued a response to ISIS regarding the murder of David Haines and the threat against Alan Henning.

Business Insider reports:

“The murder of David Haines is an act of pure evil. My heart goes out to his family who have shown extraordinary courage and fortitude,” Cameron said in a statement.

“We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.”

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