By Swetha Rajagopal
This Tuesday, the Islamic State Group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages, whose names are Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, unless they received $200 million in 72 hours. The video that was made stating this ransom was identified to be created by the Islamic State group’s al-Furqan media arm and posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group. In addition, this video mirrored other hostage threats that ISIS has made. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said promisingly, ” Their lives are the top priority.”
After his six-day visit to the Middle East, Abe voiced, ” Extremism and Islam are completely different things.”
“To the prime minister of Japan: Although you are more than 8,500 kilometers from the Islamic State, you willingly have volunteered to take part in this crusade,” the violent radical stated,”You have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims … and in an attempt to stop the expansion of the Islamic State. You have also donated another $100 million to train the apostates.” The extremist’s remark likely refer to money Abe pledged while in Egypt to help Iraq’s government and aid Syrian refugees.
Abe said he would send Yasuhide Nakayama, a deputy foreign minister, to Jordan to seek the country’s support and to resolve the hostage crisis. The premier also said the Israeli government, which Japan promised Sunday to cooperate with on counterterrorism, are sharing information to aid in the hostage crisis.
But, as for now, bless those innocent men and let’s hope they come back safely.