The Jordanian government, early Wednesday, hanged two Iraqis, including a female militant, Sajida al-Rishawi, in response to the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State (ISIS). ISIS had Tuesday evening released a video that showed the Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kasaesbeh, being burnt alive.
ISIS had demanded the release of al-Rishawi, in exchange for a Japanese hostage who was later killed.
Jordan had promised an “earth-shaking response” to al-Kasaesbeh’s killing
The second prisoner executed by Jordan was a senior al Qaeda prisoner, an Iraqi man who was sentenced to death in 2008 for militancy.
Rishawi, in her mid-forties, had been on death role since 2005 after a suicide bomb attack on a hotel that killed 60 people in Amman, the Jordan capital.