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The militant Islamic State group has released a video in which it claims to have beheaded the captured American journalist Steven Sotloff, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

(Warning: disturbing image below)

In the video, which lasts for just under three minutes, ISIS appears to murder Sotloff and threatens the life of David Haines, a British citizen. The Washington Post said Haines is an aid worker who was kidnapped in March 2013.

The video is almost identical in its tone and contents to the one which showed the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist, two weeks ago. In that video, militants threatened to murder Sotloff next if the US bombing of ISIS targets continued.

ISIS is believed to be holding several more journalists in captivity, most of them local Syrian reporters.

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