SA condemns Jordanian terror killings

South Africa on Thursday condemned the murder of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh by the Islamic State group militants.

"We believe that terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned," international relations spokesman Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

He said the murder was barbaric and gruesome.

"The South African government sends it deepest condolences to His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Jordanian government and to the people of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and in particular to al-Kasasbeh's family," said Monyela.

The captured pilot was burned to death in a cage, according to a purported video of the violence released Tuesday. The kingdom, which had vowed a swift and lethal response, executed two al-Qaida prisoners by hanging early Wednesday.

The pilot's gruesome death sparked outrage and anti-Islamic State group demonstrations in Jordan.