IS 'sentenced' US hostage to death last year: activist

February 7, 2015 9:01 PM

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WASHINGTON: The young American hostage who the Islamic State (IS) group says was killed in a Jordanian air strike was condemned to death by the extremist group last year, according to an American Muslim activist.

IS seized aid worker Kayla Mueller in 2013 in northern Syria and initially gave her a "life sentence" in retaliation for the jailing in Texas of a Pakistani woman whose case is a well-known cause among Islamist extremists, said activist Mauri Saalakhan, who leads a US campaign to free the Pakistani.

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