Life of Japanese hostage at stake


ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – On Saturday, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) executed one of the Japanese hostages according to a video published by pro-IS media sources, showing Kenji Goto carrying a picture of his headless fellow Harrina Awakawy, calling on his country’s authorities to take serious action for his release.

The group has earlier called on the Japanese government to pay a ransom of $200 million for the release of the detainees, and renewed its demand through a video showing the second captive asking for the release of the Sajida Rishawi, who is held in Jordan, in return release the second Japanese hostage.

The IS militants confirmed their demand for the release of Rishawi, who was apprehended shortly after the bombings carried out in the Jordanian capital of Amman about ten years ago and awaits the implementation of the death sentence. 

The Japanese hostage in the video called on his family and fellows to put pressure on their government for his release in exchange for what he described as “fair demand”, stressing that the current request is not about money or supporting terrorism.

On the other hand, the Japanese government’s spokesman described the images showing the killing process as “unacceptable”, and demanded the immediate release of the second hostage.

The Japanese government promised Saturday that they will not give up and do their best to rescue the hostage. The Deputy Foreign Minister Aasohida Nakayama, who was sent to the Jordanian capital of Amman, said that he has been working hard to rescue the hostages.

“We will not rule out any possibility; we check all the information available, and will not give up. I think it is my duty to ensure a safe return to the hostage,” Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister told reporters in Jordan.

Noteworthy, the IS group earlier announced its intention to swap the Jordanian pilot (who was captured by the group last month) for a detainee in the Jordanian prisons, Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi.

Rishawi, born in 1970, and sentenced to death penalty following her participation in the Radisson Sas and Hyat Amman bombings on November 9, 2005 in the Jordanian capital, but survived when her explosive belt did not blow up, her husband, Ali Hussein Ali al-Shammari, was killed during the operation.


Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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