‘Scottish independence link’ to ISIS Scots hostage

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ISLAMIC extremists are threatening to kill Scottish aid worker David Haines to help secure a Yes vote in the independence referendum, an intelligence expert has claimed.

Mr Haines was paraded by Islamic State fighters in a video last week following the second beheading of a US journalist. A macabre video makes it clear the 44-year-old from Perth could face a similar fate.

Scottish aid worker David Haines was paraded by Islamic State fighters in a video last week. Picture: PA

Scottish aid worker David Haines was paraded by Islamic State fighters in a video last week. Picture: PA

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Professor Anthony Glees of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham said: “ISIS are masters of propaganda and realise the impact of selecting a Scot.

“They will hope by showing the UK is weak and unable to defend its citizens it will drive Scots to embrace independence.

“If they can no longer strike hostile forces who attack their citizens, the UK is clearly in danger of being a spent force heading towards division. And a weakened UK is exactly what the ISIS wants.”

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