The Islamic State (IS) militant group has released a video threating to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, but Tokyo has promised not offer into” “terrorism”.
IS has killed five Western hostages since August last year, however it is the first time that the jihadist group — which has seized swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq — has threatened Japanese hostages.
In the footage, a black clad militant shaking a knife addresses the camera in English, standing between two hostages wearing orange jumpsuits.
“You now have 72 hours to pressure your government into making a wise decision by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens,” he said.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe demanded IS immediately free the two hostages unharmed.
“I strongly demand that they not be harmed and that they be immediately released,” he told a news conference during a visit to Jerusalem.
“I am extremely indignant at such an act.
“The international community won’t offer into terrorism and we have to make sure that we work together.”
In the video posted on jihadist sites, a militant said that the payoff demand was to compensate for $200 million in non-military help that Mr Abe promised in backing of nations hit by IS violence.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.