Tokyo tries to verify video showing killing of Japanese hostage

A video was posted Saturday purportedly showing Japanese hostage Kenji Goto saying his fellow captive Haruna Yukawa has been beheaded by their Islamic State captors after the passing of the 72-hour deadline for the payment of a $200 m ransom for their release.  The Tokyo government is trying to verify the video. According to the video, IS has dropped its ransom demand from the Japanese government and wants Jordan to release a female suicide bomber instead. The report is as yet unconfirmed.

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