Tunisia's Ennahda decries execution of Jordan pilot

TUNIS – Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda movement on Thursday denounced the recent burning to death of a Jordanian pilot by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.

In a statement, Ennahda described the gruesome execution of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasba as a "despicable crime."

"International public opinion has followed the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasba, an act that lacked any sense of humanity and was unprecedented in the history of Islam and Muslims," Ennahda said.

The murder, the group added, was indicative of the ISIL's bankruptcy and a flagrant violation of Islamic teachings.

Earlier Thursday, Ennahda leader Rachid Ghannouchi likewise condemned the pilot's immolation at the hands of the ISIL.

"Execution by fire is a brutal act that has never been seen throughout Islamic history," Ghannouchi, whose Ennahda group holds the second largest number of seats in Tunisia's parliament, told The Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.

An online video purportedly showing al-Kasasba being burnt alive by his ISIL captors went viral on Tuesday.

The graphic video sent shockwaves across Jordan –already a member of an ongoing U.S.-led air campaign against ISIL – and the international community.

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