27 Jan '15, 4pm

Japan says asking Jordan for help after new IS hostage video

Japan says asking Jordan for help after new IS hostage video

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan said Wednesday it was asking the Jordanian government for help after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group released a new video threatening to kill a captured Japanese journalist within 24 hours. “The government in this extremely difficult situation has been asking for assistance from the Jordanian government towards securing (Kenji) Goto’s early release,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. The militants are demanding the release of an Iraqi woman convicted for her part in multiple bombings in Amman in 2005 that killed 60 people in exchange for Goto. Suga said in the wake of the video’s release Tuesday, senior officials had held an emergency meeting in Tokyo. “We confirmed that Japan’s policy (of seeking assistance from Amman) remains unchanged. “With the prime minister’s approval, I told the foreign minister to ...

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