Security Minister Says ISIS Hostage John Cantlie Is Still Alive


John Cantlie as he appeared in an IS propaganda video

A British hostage held by Islamic State for seven years is still alive, according to the UK security minister.

Briefing a group of foreign journalists and researchers at the Home Office on Tuesday morning, Ben Wallace said the government believes he is still a prisoner of the terrorist group.

Cantlie, captured by IS in Syria in 2012, had fronted a series of propaganda videos for Islamic State but had not been seen alive since a video was released in 2016.

Cantlie’s sister Jessica has previously appealed for “direct contact” with the militants holding him. 

In 2014, his 80-year-old father Paul issued a video appeal from his hospital bed for his son’s release. He died from complications following pneumonia shortly afterwards.

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