Islamic State terrorists are claiming, without evidence, that an airstrike by Jordanian jets killed an American female hostage on Friday.
A tweet from a group associated with the terrorist group known as ISIS made the claim, including a photo of the Syrian building controlled by ISIS said to have contained the American woman.
"The failed Jordanian aircraft killed an American female hostage," the post read, according to SITE, a U.S.-based group that analyzes terrorist activity. "No mujahid [fighter] was injured in the bombardment, all praise is due to Allah."
It is believed that the woman in question is Kayla Mueller of Arizona, the sole remaining American hostage and an aid worker held for nearly a year and a half. Although a White House official recently named the woman on television by accident, she has not been identified by the media at the request of the U.S. government and her family as the Pentagon worked to secure her. She was captured by the Islamic State terrorists in Aug. 2013 while working with orphaned children in Syria.
While the White House is "deeply concerned" by the report, National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan pointed out that there is no evidence supporting the claims. Furthermore, a Jordanian spokesperson said it is impossible to verify the hostage's death, but said officials are highly suspicious, according to Fox News. The spokesperson added that it is uncertain why the hostage would have been in the location that the airstrike took place.
The claims arrive just days after the Islamic State terrorists released footage of the appalling murder of Moaz al-Kasasbeh, a hostage of ISIS since Dec. who was killed on Jan. 3. The 26-year-old pilot was the first foreign military man held captive by ISIS since an international coalition began its aerial campaign against the extremists in Sept. Kasasbeh was also the first victim to have been burned to death as opposed to being beheaded.
ISIS is accused of torturing and murdering prisoners, including teenagers and children, and forcing many to convert to Islam or die. The terrorists are responsible for nearly 6,000 executions in Syria alone in the past six months, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff as well as Army Ranger Peter Kassig.