Tamil Diplomat

Latest Islamic State video threatens lives of two Japanese hostages

Islamic State has released a video threatening the lives of two Japanese hostages and demanding a $200m (£130m) ransom from their government.

The 1min 40sec film entitled “A message to the government at the people of Japan” begins with footage in English from Japan’s public broadcaster giving details of a multimillion-dollar Middle Eastern aid package announced just a few days ago by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe.

Standing between two kneeling hostages wearing orange jumpsuits and named on screen as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa, a British-sounding militant dressed in the now-familiar black robe and mask and brown leather gun belt, demands that $100m be paid for the life of each hostage within three days.