Sunday, 1 February 2015

ISIL beheading video likely authentic -Japan

 The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has released a video purportedly showing the killing of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, a monitoring service has said.
The video, released online by the armed group on Saturday, shows the journalist who was abducted while reporting on Syria’s civil war last year being beheaded with a knife by a black-clad masked fighter.
Japan on Sunday said it was “highly probable” the video is authentic.
When asked if the man in the video was 47-year-old Goto, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga replied: “We think so.”

Addressing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the ISIL member in the video said: “Because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin.”
Abe addressed the nation shortly after the release of the footage and appeared visibly shaken as he condemned the “horrendeous” and “despicable” killing.
“Japan will not be defeated by terrorism,” he said, adding that the government had tried its best to save the hostage.
US President Barack Obama also condemned “the heinous murder” of Goto and praised Japan.
“We applaud Japan’s steadfast commitment to advancing peace and prosperity in the Middle East and globally, including its generous assistance for innocent people affected by the conflicts in the region,” Obama said in a statement on Saturday.
ISIL continue to hold another hostage, Jordanian pilot First Leutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh.
In an interview with Al Jazeera on Saturday, Kasasbeh’s mother urged ISIL to release her son.
“I call upon the Islamic State group, I appeal to our brothers among them, from one Muslim addressing another, from a distressed mother’s heart who is in sorrow for missing her beloved son,” said Om Jawad al-Kasasbeh
“I appeal to you tell us about Moaz’s wellbeing and I ask you to be kind in how you treat him and to release him. I beg you, I ask you to show him mercy.”

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