Istanbul, Turkey – The Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) has vowed to kill two Japanese hostages if the Japanese government does not pay a ransom of $ 200 million, according to a video published online by the group on Tuesday.
In the video, an IS member appeared in black carrying a knife and standing between the two hostages, and said that these Japanese nationals had been captured by the Islamic State.
The militant did not mention the reason the two young Japanese men were being held hostage.
The extremist demanded the Japanese government pay a ransom of $ 200 million “to save the lives of its citizens who are at the hands of the Islamic State”.
In fluent English, the IS militant further demanded that the Japanese people put pressure on their government to pay the ransom as soon as possible in order to save their fellow citizens.
The IS group took the Japanese men as hostages under the pretext that Japan has supported the United States led coalition to eliminate the Islamic State.
In the meantime, the Japanese government’s spokesman, Yoshihedy Soga, said that their government is investigating the video’s authenticity.
Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser
Source: ARA News
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