An online video released Tuesday purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours, the AP reports.
The video, identified as being made by the Islamic State group’s al-Furqan media arm and posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group, mirrored other hostage threats made the group. The man speaking also resembled and sounded like a British militant involved in other beheadings by the Islamic State group, which now holds a third of Iraq and Syria under its self-declared caliphate.
The militant with a British accent in the video said the Japanese were targeted for supporting Western military efforts against it.
“You have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims,” the militant says. Read more here.