CAIRO (dpa) – The family of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State (IS) extremists called on authorities to secure his release, hours after an online video showed the militant group beheading a Japanese hostage.
In the video released Saturday night, no mention is made of Mu’ath al-Kasasbeh, who was captured by the IS in December when his fighter jet crashed near a stronghold of the militants in Syria.
“We know nothing about his fate,” his father, Safi al-Kasasbeh, said.
“I appeal to the king and the government to work harder and quickly to liberate him,” he was quoted as saying by the Dubai-based broadcaster Al Arabiya.
Jordan has offered to swap an Al-Qaeda prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, for al-Kasasbeh, but demanded proof he is still alive.
In an audio recording released earlier in the week, the extremist group said Jordan had until sunset Thursday to release al-Rishawi or al-Kasasbeh and Goto would be killed.
Al-Rishawi, an Iraqi national, has been sentenced to death for taking part in 2005 bombings that killed dozens of people in Jordan.
The Jordanian newspaper al-Ghad on Sunday reported that indirect negotiations were going on between Jordan and the Islamic State.