British aid worker Alan Henning was kidnapped in Syria in December
British aid worker Alan Henning was kidnapped in Syria in December

Moderate Muslims condemn ISIS for beheading Alan Henning

THE Manchester Central Mosque (MCM) has condemned the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning and said his murder marks "the beginning of the end" for Isis.

In a statement released hours after video footage was released showing his brutal murder, the MCM praised Mr Henning as a "national and local hero".

The group denounced Isis (also known as Islamic State) as an "insult to the Islamic faith".

Mr Henning, a taxi driver from Salford, was killed days after British MPs voted to approve air strikes against the militant group in Iraq.

As with previous videos, the footage released by Isis on Friday night also showed another captive, Peter Edward Kassig from the US, this time threatening that he would be next.

Mr Henning, 47, and nicknamed Gadget, was kidnapped last December shortly after crossing the Turkish border into Syria while on a mission to deliver aid.

Man flying the Islamic State flag
Man flying the Islamic State flag

In an emotional statement read by Dr Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar, representatives from the mosque said they have been left in a state of "disbelief, shock and horror".

"We cannot comprehend that something so terrible can happen to such a wonderful and compassionate human being," said Dr Islam-Zulfiqar.

"News of his murder has left us all enraged and distraught. In the face of this atrocity, we all need to stand together as Muslims and non-Muslims. We should not let this divide us."

Their statement was heavily critical of the UK Government for "abandoning" Mr Henning and failing to secure his release.

"By joining the US Air Strikes, we handed Alan and many other Western hostages a death sentence," it added.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister met with UK security, intelligence and police officials to discuss the Government's response to his death.

A spokesperson for Number 10 said Isis's brutality will not persuade the UK to change its approach.

"Indeed, the senseless murder of an innocent man only reinforces our resolve to defeat this terrorist organisation and to eradicate the threat they pose to Britons - whether those in the region or here on the streets of the UK," said Downing Street.

"At the meeting, the Prime Minister also raised a second video released last night which shows an apparent British Isis fighter unmasked delivering a further message. The police are urgently investigating the contents of the video, including possible terrorism offences relating to it."

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