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Brother-in-law of IS hostage 'scared' by airstrikes on Syria

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 01:42

The brother-in-law of a British hostage being held by Islamic State militants says he is scared by US airstrikes in Syria. Sarah Toms reports.

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A vigil in Greater Manchester for British aid worker Alan Henning held hostage in Syria. About 100 hundred people -- from all faith groups -- gathered at this Bolton mosque calling for his release. Supporters wore T-shirts saying "Free 'Gadget' Alan Henning" - a nickname given to him because he was good at fixing things. Henning was captured by Islamic State militants while delivering aid to Syria in December. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BROTHER-IN-LAW OF ALAN HENNING, COLIN LIVESEY, SAYING: "He didn't have no political sense of anything. He just went there to help people out. Not to target people, not to do this, just went there pure and simple to help kids out and that's all he did it for. He doesn't deserve what's happening to him now because his heart's always been in the right place and it always will be." Henning's brother-in-law says he feared what would happen during US airstrikes in Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BROTHER-IN-LAW OF BRITISH HOSTAGE ALAN HENNING, COLIN LIVESEY, SAYING: "It scares me. It does scare me, because if they're going to do air strikes on them, they'll think, they'll just run away and they'll take him with them and no-one will know where he is again. They might have a fair idea where they might be now, but by the time they get to where he was, they might have moved him to somewhere else." IS militants issued a threat to kill Henning in a video released on 13 September which showed the killing of another British man, David Haines. A ribbon is tied for his safe release but now the UK parliament is due to vote on air strikes against IS in Iraq on Friday.

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Brother-in-law of IS hostage 'scared' by airstrikes on Syria

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 01:42