Updated: Saturday, 25th January 2020 @ 8:25am

‘See it in your hearts’: Wife of Salford hostage Alan Henning pleads with Isis captors for his release

‘See it in your hearts’: Wife of Salford hostage Alan Henning pleads with Isis captors for his release

| By Stefan Mackley

The wife of Salford hostage Alan Henning has pleaded to Isis for the release of her ‘peaceful and selfless’ husband.

Mr Henning, 47, a former taxi driver from Eccles, is currently being held captive by Islamic State after being captured last December while travelling in an aide convey across the Syrian border.

And in a statement released by his wife, Barbara Henning has issued a plea to Isis to ‘see it in their hearts’ for his release.

“I am Barbara Henning, the wife of Alan Henning,” the statement read.

“Alan was taken prisoner last December and is being held by the Islamic State.

“Alan is a peaceful, selfless man who left his family and his job as a taxi driver in the UK to drive in a convoy all the way to Syria with his Muslim colleagues and friends to help those most in need.

“When he was taken he was driving an ambulance full of food and water to be handed out to anyone in need. His purpose for being there was no more and no less. This was an act of sheer compassion.

“I cannot see how it could assist any state's cause to allow the world to see a man like Alan dying.

“I have been trying to communicate with the Islamic State and the people holding Alan. I have sent some really important messages but they have not been responded to.

“I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late.

“When they hear this message I implore the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband Alan Henning.”

Married father-of-two Mr Henning appeared in a video last Saturday which showed the beheading of David Haines, an aid worker who had been held captive since March 2013.

It is now feared the former cab driver could be next prompting calls that more needs to be done.

Only last week an open letter signed by more than 100 British Muslim Imams branded Isis as ‘monsters’ and while the Government have stated they will not negotiate with terrorists, this has not been the same for other countries.

This year alone, three Spanish journalists and four French journalists have been freed after payments were received from their respective countries.

Mrs Henning said she had sent messages to Isis but had received no response.

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