ISIS (Islamic State) group confirms death of Japanese hostage

January 26, 2015 8:43 am

The (Islamic State) group confirmed today its militants have
executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two it has been holding hostage,
following the release of a video announcing his death.
“The
Islamic State has carried out its threat… it has executed Japanese
hostage Haruna Yukawa after the expiry of the deadline given,” the Sunni
extremist group said on Al-Bayan radio, which broadcasts in areas under
its control in Iraq and Syria.

A jihadi threatens Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa in a video Isis released earlier this week. Photo / Screengrab

“The second hostage (Kenji Goto)
is calling on his relatives to put pressure on the (Japanese) government
for the release of our sister Sajida al-Rishawi, held in the jails of
the oppressors in Jordan, in exchange for his release,” it said.
Rishawi
is a would-be Iraqi female suicide bomber on death row in Jordan in
connection with triple hotel bomb attacks in Amman that killed 60 people
on November 9, 2005.
Her name emerged Saturday in a video
released by the Islamic State that shows images of Goto holding what
appears to be a photograph of the slain body of his compatriot Yukawa.

The video was released with an audio recording in which a man
claiming to be Goto blames Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his
fellow captive’s death because he failed to pay IS a $200 million ransom
by the end of the 72-hour deadline it announced Tuesday.
The
voice also reveals a new demand for the release Rishawi, saying the
militants are no longer demanding money to save his life, but want
“their sister” to be freed.
“It is simple. You give them Sajida and I will be released,” the voice says.
The
Amman bombings were claimed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al-Qaeda
leader in Iraq who was killed in a US air raid there in June 2006.
His
group was a precursor of the IS, and Rishawi’s brother, Samir Atruss
al-Rishawi, who was also killed in Iraq, was one of Zarqawi’s
lieutenants.
Earlier on Sunday, ’s prime minister Abe
branded the murder of Yukawa, a self-employed security contractor, as
“outrageous and unforgivable” and demanded IS to immediately release
Goto, a freelance journalist.
World leaders have also denounced
the murder, with US President Barack Obama calling it “brutal” and
British Prime Minister David Cameron branding it “murderous barbarity”.
Japan
dispatched a minister to Jordan earlier this week but Abe has declined
to comment on whether he would ask Amman to release Sajida.

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