- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) - The mother of an American aid worker threatened with beheading in Syria thanked people for their support and asked them to pray for his safe return each night at sunset.

Paula Kassig says she has faith her son, 26-year-old Abdul-Rahman Kassig, will feel the strength of those prayers and receive blessings from them.

Speaking Friday at the Islamic Society of North America’s headquarters in Plainfield, 10 miles west of Indianapolis, she said she and her husband have heard from people all over the world in the past week. She says they lift up their prayers for all who have prayed for them.

Kassig, who changed his first name from Peter after converting to Islam in captivity, was helping victims of the Syrian civil war when he was captured last year.

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