- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 24, 2015

The White House condemned Saturday a video purportedly showing the execution of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State.

National Security Council deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell said U.S. intelligence officials are working to confirm the authenticity of the video, which appears to show the murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa.

The United States strongly condemns [the Islamic State’s] actions and we call for the immediate release of all the remaining hostages,” Mr. Ventrell said. “The United States is fully supportive of Japan in this matter. We stand in solidarity with Japan and are coordinating closely.”


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Mr. Yukawa, a private military contractor, was kidnapped in Syria last August. A Japanese government spokesman told Reuters that the apparent killing of Mr. Yukawa was “outrageous” and “unacceptable.”

The terrorist group was demanding $200 million in ransom for the release of Mr. Yukawa and Kenji Goto, a freelance Japanese journalist who was abducted last year.



The Islamic State has now demanded the release of one of its members from custody in Jordan in exchange for the release of Mr. Goto.

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