Islamic State has released a video threatening the lives of two Japanese hostages and demanding a $200m (£130m) ransom from their government.
The 1min 40sec film entitled “A Message to the Government and People of Japan” begins with footage from Japan’s public broadcaster giving details of a multimillion-dollar Middle Eastern aid package announced just a few days ago by the Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
Standing on a hillside in a rocky desert (similar to that of previous hostage footage) between two kneeling hostages wearing orange jumpsuits and named on screen as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa, the British-accented militant widely known as “Jihadi John” dressed in the now-familiar black robe and mask and brown leather gun belt, demands that $100m be paid for the life of each hostage within 72 hours days.
“To the Prime Minister of Japan. Although you are more than 8,500km away from…
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