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UN condemns pilot’s killing as ‘heinous and cowardly act’

February 3, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is condemning the apparent burning to death of a detained Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State extremist group as a “heinous and cowardly act.”

Council member Jordan posted the statement on its Facebook page Tuesday.

“This crime once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities, and without regard to any basic value of humanity,” the statement said.

In a separate comment, the spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general said Ban Ki-moon condemned the killing of Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh and described the Islamic State group as “a terrorist organization with no regard for human life.”

The council demanded the immediate release of hostages held by the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

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