Father of British hostage Cantlie dies

LONDON: The father of British photojournalist John Cantlie has died, a fortnight after making a impassioned appeal to Islamic State militants to release his son, the family said on Wednesday.

Paul Cantlie died on Thursday aged 80 from “complications following pneumonia”, the family said in a statement.

A retired naval architect, Paul had earlier this month recorded a video plea from his hospital bed for IS to release his son.

“Mr Cantlie’s physical strength had been waning since the kidnap of his younger son, John Cantlie, nearly two years ago,” the family said in a statement.

“Many in the country will recall the recent broadcast from his hospital bed, when so demonstrably ill, but determined that his journalist son John should hear from his father ‘how very proud I am of him’.”

John Cantlie’s sister Jessica last week begged IS to make contact, saying that previous communication with the group had broken down.

Source: APP