Islamic State Claims Japanese Hostage Beheaded

The Islamic State reportedly released a video on Saturday claiming one of their two Japanese captives had been beheaded and issuing new demands for the other hostage’s release. In the video, Japanese freelance journalist reportedly Kenji Goto holds a photo that shows the dead body of the second hostage, Haruna Yukawa. SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based organization that monitors extremist websites, said the video had been distributed across several Islamic State-linked Twitter accounts. President Barack Obama called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday to offer condolences. The president, who made the call during his trip to India, expressed “solidarity with the Japanese people,” said a White House statement.

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