Audio Recording Claims One Japanese Hostage Has Been Beheaded; ISIS Demands Release Of Jailed Female Suicide Bomber In Order To Save The Second

Audio Recording Claims One Japanese Hostage Has Been Beheaded; ISIS Demands Release Of Jailed Female Suicide Bomber In Order To Save The Second

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Chris Plesance, writing in this morning’s DailyMailOnline, writes, “the Japanese government has branded an audio recording to be from one of the captured Japanese hostages, ‘outrageous and disgusting,’ but cannot confirm whether in fact it is genuine. In the recording, a voice claiming to be that of Kenji Goto Jogo, one of the Japanese men who appeared in the latest Jihadi John video, says his fellow captive — Haruna Yukawa, has been killed. He blames the death on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and says he will be killed as well, if ISIS’s new demand to release a female suicide bomber is not met.”

“The Japanese government has condemned the message, but say they cannot verify its authenticity, after allegations that Jihad John video was stitched together from several other recordings. The audio recording is accompanied with a still picture of Mr. Yukawa’s body. However, the arms on the body appear to be doctored,” Mr. Plesance writes, “leading to speculation that the whole recording is an elaborate hoax. If the video is genuine, this would be a departure from the Islamic State’s usual method of operations.”

“ISIS typically uses high-definition video recordings to make its threats, usually recorded somewhere in the desert, though usually located somewhere near Raqqa, in Syria. The clip is accompanied by Arabic subtitles, but is also missing the black and white jihadi flag that has appeared on all other ISIS recordings. In the previous recordings, it is always Jihad John, the masked executioner, who speaks; and, the hostages typically only recite a short, scripted message — before they are killed. However, in this latest case,” Mr. Plesance notes, “the man claiming to be Mr. Jogo, narrates a two-minute message in which he issues a heartfelt plea to his wife.” Developing. V/R, RCP

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