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Islamic State says beheads Japanese hostage Goto, Japan vows justice

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 01:17

Islamic State militants release a video which purportes to show the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, as Japan vows to seek justice. Mana Rabiee reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE A grim-faced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced reporters on Saturday -- to condemn the apparent killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State. The militants released video earlier in the day purportedly showing Goto's beheading, addressing Abe directly. SOUNDBITE: VIDEO PURPORTING TO BE........ SAYING: "Because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin." The Prime Minister called the act an "inhumane and contemptible act of terrorism," saying he will never "forgive" the terrorists and vowing to work with other nations to bring those responsible to justice. Abe's government had put high priority on seeking Goto's release. The veteran war correspondent was captured by the militants in late October -- when he went to Syria seeking the release of another Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa, who was killed last week. The U.S. has condemned the apparent killing. There was no mention of the fate of another Islamic State captive, Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh who was seized in December after his jet crashed in northeast Syria.

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Islamic State says beheads Japanese hostage Goto, Japan vows justice

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 01:17