ISIS Ransom Two Japanese Hostages For $200 Million In New Video
Jihadi John with Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa In video
ISIS has released a video that would appear to show Jihadi John and two Japanese hostages Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa. In the video the man dubbed ‘Jihadi John” demands that a £130m ($200m) ransom be paid within 72 hours or he will kill the hostages.
Jogo is a respected freelance journalist who travelled to report on the war in Syria last year. Yukawa has experienced a series of tragedies that led him to move Aleppo last year to re-find himself after his wife died and he lost his business and home. Yukawa has appeared in a video released by ISIS before.
The 1min 40sec video entitled “A message to the government at the people of Japan”. The video seems to be targeting Shinzo Abe the Japanese Prime Minister after he announced a he would be giving a £130m ($200m)Middle Eastern aid package to support those fighting the Islamic State.
In the video John says, “To the prime minister of Japan, although you are 8,500km from the Islamic State, you willingly have volunteered to take part in this crusade. You have proudly donated $100m to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims. So the life of this Japanese citizen (pointing at Jogo) will cost you $100m.”
The Japanese chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga said, “If true, the act of threat in exchange of people’s lives is unforgivable and we feel strong indignation. We will make our utmost effort to win their release as soon as possible.”
It is unfortunate that these tragic events are repeating themselves; after ISIS killed James Foley, and Steven Sotloff the world was left in a state of shock. This video is a harsh reminder that ISIS are still operating and than they have many men and women at their disposal including British journalist John Cantlie who has been a prisoner since 2012.