A government spokesman says Jordan executed 2 prisoners, hours after vowing a harsh response to the gruesome killing of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group.
Jordan threatened a harsh response after a video released online Tuesday showed the pilot being burned to death.
Word of the latest two executions came after a Jordanian security official told Associated Press that it would execute an al-Qaida prisoner at dawn Wednesday,. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue with the media.
Identities of the two executed prisoners in Jordanian hands were not immediately available.
Before dawn, a convoy was seen leaving Juweideh prison where prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi had been held. The convoy arrived at Swaqa prison, where executions have been carried out.
The gruesome video came after a week-long drama over a possible prisoner exchange by Jordan to win the release of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh. Jordanian TV reported the killing took place Jan. 3, raising questions about the negotiations for the pilot’s freedom.
Jordan agreed last week to release al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman facing execution for her role in the 2005 hotel bombings in Jordan, but first wanted proof the pilot was alive.
“The Jordanian response to the assassination of the hero pilot, Muath al-Kaseasbeh, will be strong, decisive and swift,” government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani said.
Army spokesman Mamdouh al-Ameri added, “Our punishment and revenge will be as huge as the loss of the Jordanians.”