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Islamic State militants demand $200m ransom for Japanese hostages

Gorkha Post

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CAIRO —

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.

-AFP

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Advance booking open for Dashin

Pratigya Waiju

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Kathmandu—Finally, Federation of Nepalese National transportation Entrepreneurs Association agrees to open pre-booking for Dashin after the government decided to increase public transport fares by 10 percent.

The federation was demanding to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

On Saturday after the agreement between the government and federation, the transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking.  Most of the counters set up banners announcing pre-booking for Dashin and many people were in que to book the ticket in advance.

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