27 Jan '15, 5am

Japan says working towards freeing hostage and Jordan pilot - Channel News Asia

Japan says working towards freeing hostage and Jordan pilot - Channel News Asia

TOKYO: Japan is working with Jordan to free both a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot being held by extremists, officials said Tuesday (Jan 27), days after militants executed another hostage. The self-styled Islamic State group apparently beheaded Japanese contractor Haruna Yukawa last week after a 72-hour deadline for a US$200 million ransom passed without payment. In a video released Saturday, the group said its demand had now changed and it wanted failed suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi released from death row in Jordan in exchange for the life of Kenji Goto, the remaining Japanese captive. Jordan's King Abdullah pledged full cooperation with Japan to ensure Goto's release, during a meeting with Japanese deputy foreign minister Yasuhide Nakayama in Amman, the foreign ministry said in a statement. However, Japanese media reported that Amman is likely to prioritise...

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