Steven Sotloff beheaded: Isis supporters apologise to fellow terrorists for posting footage of murder online early

The gory video was apparently accidentally released before the planned time

Islamic State militants have issued an apology to their fellow jihadis for accidentally posting the video of Steven Sotloff’s beheading early.

The gory footage emerged online on Tuesday night, two weeks after the almost identical murder of another American journalist, James Foley.

It was apparently released ahead of the agreed time on a Twitter account that has since been suspended and the planned publication date for the footage is not known.

In a sign of disorganisation in the extremist group's ranks, a faction of Isis later apologised and asked fellow jihadis not to “reproach” them.

The video was first released on the @AlBattr88 account, Vocativ reported, and by the time another Isis-affiliated profile, @Khattabyaz pointed out their mistake, it was already circulating.

The group then apologised in Arabic on the site Justpaste, saying: “A clarification about the mistake was made by 'Uyun al-Ummah' account, that has published the video before the official time.

Video: Philip Hammond on IS and British hostage

“The user saw a tweet with the video and thought it was published officially.

“We tried to remove the video after we understood that his was published by mistake and we are sorry to the followers of the Islamic State.”

The footage shows Mr Sotloff kneeling in the desert reading a scripted message about military action by the US and Western allies in Iraq before being beheaded.

Read more: BRITISH CAPTIVE SHOWN IN ISIS VIDEO WHICH CLAIMS TO SHOW DEATH OF SECOND US JOURNALIST
HOW WE SHOULD REMEMBER STEPHEN SOTLOFF
TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR US JOURNALIST WHO ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS CLAIM TO HAVE KILLED

Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, has confirmed that his killer is the same British terrorist who murdered Mr Foley last month.

Mr Sotloff was a freelancer who had contributed to magazines including Time, The Christian Science Monitor and Foreign Policy, reporting from conflict zones across the Middle East and North Africa before he was abducted near Aleppo in August 2013.

His mother, Shirley Sotloff, had begged the self-proclaimed caliph of Isis’s “Islamic State” to show mercy and release her son.

She said the 31-year-old travelled to Syria to cover the “suffering of Muslims at the hands of tyrants” before he was abducted near Aleppo in August 2013.

“He is an honourable man and has always tried to help the weak,” she said.

“Stephen has no control over the actions of the US government. He's an innocent journalist.”

Isis has threatened to kill a British hostage, who was paraded in front of the camera, if the US and Western allies do not “back off” from military action against its fighters in Iraq.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Life and Style
Living for the moment: Julianne Moore playing Alzheimer’s sufferer Alice
health
Voices
A propaganda video shows Isis forces near Tikrit
voicesAdam Walker: The Koran has violent passages, but it also has others that explicitly tells us how to interpret them
News
people
Life and Style
love + sex
News
ebooksNow available in paperback
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Victoria Wood, Kayvan Novak, Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles
tvReview: No soggy bottoms, but plenty of other baking disasters on The Great Comic Relief Bake Off
Sport
Ashley Young celebrates the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle
footballNewcastle 0 Man United 1: Last minute strike seals precious victory
Life and Style
Tikka Masala has been overtaken by Jalfrezi as the nation's most popular curry
food + drink
News
Benjamin Netanyahu and his cartoon bomb – the Israeli PM shows his ‘evidence’
people
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
80s trailblazer: comedian Tracey Ullman
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Stephen Tompkinson is back as DCI Banks
tvReview: Episode one of the new series played it safe, but at least this drama has a winning formula
Arts and Entertainment
Jeffrey Archer holds up a copy of 'Kane and Abel', a book he says was ripped-off by Bollywood
books
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Fay Weldon suggested authors should tailor their work for Kindle readers
books
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: General Processor

£7 per hour: Recruitment Genius: A vacancy has arisen for a General Processor ...

Recruitment Genius: Outbound Sales Executive - B2B

£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A great opportunity has arisen ...

Recruitment Genius: Online Sales and Customer Services Associate

£14000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Full time and Part time positio...

Ashdown Group: IT Manager - Salesforce / Reports / CRM - North London - NfP

£45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and reputable Not for Profit o...

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers