28 Jan '15, 12pm

Jordan offers to free militant in exchange for pilot held by IS

Jordan offers to free militant in exchange for pilot held by IS

AMMAN: Jordan offered Wednesday (Jan 28) to free a female militant in exchange for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group, which is threatening to execute the airman and a Japanese journalist. It came after the parents of the hostages made last-ditch pleas for their lives as a deadline set by IS for the release of the would-be suicide bomber approached. "Jordan is ready to release the prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi if the Jordanian pilot is freed unharmed," Jordanian state television quoted a government spokesman as saying. "From the start, the position of Jordan was to ensure the safety of our son, the pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh," it added. It made no mention of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. IS, in a video released Tuesday, threatened to kill Kassasbeh and Goto unless Rishawi is freed within 24 hours. The Japanese government says it believes the IS deadline expires aro...

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