A video published by the so-called “Islamic” State group’s al-Furqan media on Jan. 20, 2015 shows an ISIS anonymous militant threatening the Japanese government to kill two of its citizens as shown in the video underneath.
The militant directly addresses Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, now on a six-day visit to the Middle East with more than 100 government officials and presidents of Japanese companies.
The militant is asking for $100 million ransom for each hostage.
“To the prime minister of Japan: Although you are more than 8,000 and 500 kilometers (5,280 miles) from the Islamic State, you willingly have volunteered to take part in this crusade,” says the knife-brandishing militant in the video, who resembles to the British militant Jihadi-John involved in other filmed beheadings
“You have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims,” the militant further noted.
The hostages are shown in the video wearing an orange jumpsuit and are identified as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa.
On the other hand, The Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to say whether Japan would pay the ransom.
“If true, the act of threat in exchange of people’s lives is unforgivable and we feel strong indignation, if true, the act of threat in exchange of people’s lives is unforgivable and we feel strong indignation,’’ Suga told Journalists.
The Moroccan Times.