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Japan PM Abe condemns hostage 'death' video

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Japan's prime minister has condemned as "outrageous and unacceptable" a video declaring the murder of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa by Islamic State. Shinzo Abe demanded the release of a second hostage, purported to be Kenji Goto, shown in the video. Japan says it is trying to verify the footage. On Tuesday Islamic State (IS) said it would kill the two men unless Japan paid $200m (£130m) within 72 hours. In the wake of the latest video, Mr Abe said Japan would not bow to terrorism. "This act of terrorism is an outrageous and unacceptable act of violence," he said. "I again strongly demand the immediate release of Mr Kenji Goto unharmed." In a statement, President Barack Obama said the US "strongly condemns the brutal murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist group ISIL [or IS]". Mr Obama said the US would stand "shoulder to shoulder'' with Japan. 'Abominable and unforgivable' The video purports to show Mr Goto holding a picture of what appears to be the body of Mr Yukawa, and issuing a new demand from IS in return for his own release. US National Security Council official Patrick Ventrell said the US was also trying to establish the authenticity of the video and was closely co-ordinating with Japan.

25.01.2015. 04:09:19