Japan wrings hands as ‘Islamic State’ deadline passes
The “Islamic State” has posted an online warning that the “countdown has begun” for the group to kill a pair of Japanese hostages. The mother of one of them has made a tearful plea on their behalf.
The “Islamic State” (IS) posted a video online Friday showing a clock counting down to zero to symbolize the time remaining to secure the release of a pair of Japanese hostages. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened his National Security Council to discuss how to handle the deadline.
The men’s status remained unclear after a 72-hour deadline mentioned in a video received by Japan’s government on Tuesday appeared to have passed. Junko Ishido, the mother of 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto, made a tearful appeal on his behalf, both to the Japanese government and directly to IS.
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Source News: DW