Egypt strongly denounced the beheading of British aid worker David Haines by the militant organisation the Islamic State (formerly ISIL), the foreign ministry said on Sunday.
“This is a barbaric and brutal act that categorically runs counter to the teachings of Islam and also to humanitarian and ethical norms,” said Bader Abdel Atti, the foreign ministry’s spokesman.
The spokesman asserted Egypt’s call to the international community to stand united in order to wipe out terrorism which “poses [a] threat to stability, security and development throughout the globe.”
The beheading of Haines, the third Western hostage to be killed by the Islamic State, drew strong international condemnation. Haines, age 44, was an aid worker helping Syrian war victims and was seized in Syria in 2013.
The murder of David Haines was an “act of pure evil”, British Prime Minister David Cameron, who chaired an emergency security committee meeting, said after the release of the video.
US President Barack Obama also slammed the “barbaric murder” of Haines, pledging to press ahead with targeting Islamic State militants. “We will work with the UK and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world.”
Islamic State, which is now in control of large parts of northern Iraq and Syria, have beheaded two US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The video of Haines’ beheading also includes a threat to kill a second British hostage.