Family of ISIS hostage Kayla Jean Mueller hopeful she is still alive

February 7, 2015 3:56 am
The parents of an American humanitarian worker held hostage by the
Islamic State of and () group since August 2013 said on
Friday they are still hopeful she is alive, after the group said she was
killed in a bombing by Jordanian fighter jets.
In a statement
released by a family representative, Carl and Marsha Mueller of ,
parents of , asked ISIS to contact the family
privately.

“You told us that you treated Kayla as your guest,
as your guest her safety and well-being remains your responsibility,”
they said in a message directed to “those in positions of responsibility
for holding Kayla.”
Jordan said on Friday it had carried out a
second straight day of air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
(ISIS) militants to avenge a captive Jordanian pilot burnt to death by
the group.
“Sorties of air force fighters executed several air
strikes against select targets of the Daesh [ISIS] gang,” state
television said in a bulletin adding that the army would announce
details later.
In a statement posted on militant websites, ISIS
said the woman, who has been identified as Kayla Mueller, was buried
under rubble after a raid by a Jordanian warplane in Raqa, the
self-proclaimed capital of the militant group.
“The plane from the crusader coalition bombed a position outside the city of Raqa after Friday prayers,” it said.
“No fighter was wounded but we can confirm that an American hostage was killed in the strikes.”
The
statement did not show any pictures of a body and there was no
independent confirmation of the claim. In Washington, U.S. officials
said they could not confirm that the woman had been killed.
State
Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters during a briefing in
Washington that “I cannot confirm those reports in any way.”
“We
have said that there are a number of Americans being held overseas,
including still by the Islamic State [ISIS]. I’m not going to get into
further details than that,” Harf added.
“We are obviously deeply
concerned by these reports. We have not at this time seen any evidence
that corroborates ISIL’s [ISIS] claim,” Bernadette Meehan, spokeswoman
for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement.
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