Jordan has executed two death-row prisoners after vowing an “earth-shattering” response to avenge the burning alive of one of its fighter pilots by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group.
According to reports by Aljazeera, would-be Iraqi female suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and Iraqi al-Qaeda member Ziad al-Karboli were hanged at dawn on Wednesday, government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said.
A security source said the executions were carried out at Swaqa prison south of the capital Amman in the presence of an Islamic legal official.
Jordan had promised to begin executing the prisoners on death row at daybreak in response to the murder of Moaz al-Kassasbeh, who was captured by ISIL when his plane went down in Syria in December.
According reports by the Daily Mail, a chilling footage, entitled ‘Healing the Believers’ Chests’, showed the captured Moaz al-Kassasbeh wearing an orange jumpsuit and seemingly doused in fuel as a trail of petrol leading up to the iron bars of the cage is seen being set alight.
Flames are seen quickly spreading across the dirt to the cage, where they completely engulf the helpless pilot in images that are far too distressing to publish.
Extremists pour debris, including broken masonry, over the cage, which is then flattened by a bulldozer.
The release of the expertly-edited video – which represents a new level of barbarity from a group notorious for its savagery – prompted Jordan to execute all two of six prisoners convicted of association with ISIS.