Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cameron: Britain Will Not Pay Ransoms to Kidnappers ; Prime Minister in Commons Pledge as Islamic State Terrorists Threaten to Kill Brit Hostage

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cameron: Britain Will Not Pay Ransoms to Kidnappers ; Prime Minister in Commons Pledge as Islamic State Terrorists Threaten to Kill Brit Hostage

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DAVID Cameron has insisted that Britain will refuse to pay ransoms to terrorists in return for the release of hostages, as Islamic State (IS) militants threaten a Briton's life.

The Prime Minister told the Commons he has no doubts that millions of dollars raised by IS, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isil), from ransom payments is used to promote terrorism affecting the UK.

And he said Britain will continue with its policy not to pay ransoms in cases of terrorist kidnap, adding the UK needed to ensure other countries are also 'good to their word'.

A video released on Tuesday showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff also included IS extrem-ists threatening a British hostage with death.

Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron said: "There's no doubt in my mind that the many tens of millions of dollars that Isil has raised from ransom payments is going into promoting terrorism, including terrorism affecting our own country. …

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