US President offers condolences over killing of Japanese hostage by IS

US President offers condolences over killing of Japanese hostage by IS

US President offers condolences over killing of Japanese hostage by IS

Written by Staff Writer

25 Jan, 2015 | 4:52 pm

US President Barack Obama has telephoned Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to offer his condolences after the apparent murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State.

Mr Obama said the US stood “shoulder to shoulder” with Japan.

Mr Abe said he accepted that a video claiming Haruna Yukawa had been killed by IS was likely to be authentic.

The prime minister has demanded the release of a second Japanese hostage in the video, said to be Kenji Goto.

On Tuesday, Islamic State (IS) had said it would kill the two men unless Japan paid $200m (£130m) within 72 hours.

Source : BBC


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