Relatives of two Britons murdered by Islamic State (IS) militants urged people of all faiths to come together to fight the hatred espoused by the group, ahead of a memorial service for one of the men on Saturday.
Family and friends of Scottish aid worker David Haines will gather in a church in his hometown of Perth to remember the 44-year-old, who was kidnapped in Syria last year and beheaded in a video released last month.
Ahead of the private service, Haines’ brother Michael and Barbara Henning, whose husband Alan was also beheaded by IS militants earlier this month, penned an open letter urging people to come together to defeat the threat.
They added: “David and Alan’s killers want to hurt all of us and stop us from believing in the very things which took them into conflict zones ?- charity and human kindness.
Two US nationals, journalist Steven Sotloff and James Foley, have also been killed by the IS group since it took over swathes of Iraq and Syria earlier this year.
Meanwhile British photojournalist John Cantlie is being held hostage and has appeared in IS propaganda videos.