US authorities have confirmed the death of American aid worker Kayla Mueller, who had been held hostage by militants in Syria since 2013.
Last Friday, Islamic State (IS) sources claimed that Mueller, 26, had been killed by a Jordanian air strike on a location within Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Islamic State, but provided no proof to verify their claims.
The air workers death was confirmed after her family were privately contacted by her IS captors over the weekend, with the details they provides then confirmed by US intelligence.
In a statement, US President Barack Obama said:
“She has been taken from us, but her legacy endures, inspiring all those who fight, each in their own way, for what is just and what is decent.
“No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death.”
Mueller had travelled to the Turkey-Syria border in 2012 to work with refugees, and was abducted while working in the Syrian city of Aleppo in 2013. She was the last US hostage known to be held by IS.