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David Cameron has condemned the alleged beheading of a second American journalist by the terrorist group Islamic State as “a despicable and barbaric murder”.
The Prime Minister this evening responded to the release of a video that is thought to show the killing of Steven Joel Sotloff.
During the footage, which is currently being analysed by US officials, the journalist reportedly said he was “paying the price” for US airstrikes in Iraq.
The militant who appears in the video and is said to speak with a British accent also threatened the life of a Briton.
Mr Cameron said: "If verified, this is a despicable and barbaric murder. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr Sotloff's family and friends tonight as they deal with this appalling and tragic situation.
"As I have said consistently over the last few weeks, ISIL terrorists speak for no religion. They threaten Syrians, Iraqis, Americans and British people alike and make no distinction between Muslims, Christians or any other faith.
"We have already been working hard to keep British people safe and we will continue to do all we can to protect our country and our people from these barbaric terrorists.
“Tomorrow morning I will chair a COBR meeting to review these latest developments."
The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, echoed the Prime Minister’s sentiments saying: "The killing by ISIL of another hostage and the threat of more violence demonstrates again their murderous barbarism.
"Their cold-blooded brutality against the innocent offends the values of people throughout the world, wherever they live.”
It is thought that two more Americans are also being held by the extremist group.
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