A 16-minute video released on various social networks by the militant group was authenticated Sunday by the U.S. officials. President Obama reacted condemning his killing as an “act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity.” “We are incredibly proud of our son for living his life according to his humanitarian calling,” hostage’s parents Ed and Paula Kassig said in a statement.
Peter Kassig even founded an aid organization, Special Emergency Response and Assistance, largely funded with his savings and donations from relatives and others in the United States. The victim was also known as Abdul-Rahman Kassig because he adopted the Arabic name after converting to Islam while in custody. The executioner’s British accent in his case suggested it was the same person who beheaded the other hostages, a militant dubbed “Jihad John”, as the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Matt Olsen, speculated. The Islamic State is believed to hold several other Western hostages but not an imminent danger or threat to Americans outside the war zone was announced.