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ISIS beheads Japanese hostage

2 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, January 31 2015 Jan 31, 2015 January 31, 2015 3:45 PM January 31, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

AMMAN, Jordan - An online video released Saturday night purports to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man.

The video, released on militant websites and highlighted by militant sympathizers on social media sites, bore the symbol of the Islamic State group's media arm.

Though the video could not be immediately independently verified, it conformed to other beheading videos released by the extremists.

The video, called "A Message to the Government of Japan," featured a militant who looked and sounded like a militant with a British accent who has taken part in other beheading videos by the Islamic State group. Goto, kneeling in an orange prison jumpsuit, said nothing.

The militant said the execution was being carried out because of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's quote, "reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war." He also warned that other Japanese are in danger.

IMAGE: CNN

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