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The Islamic State (IS) released a video threatening to behead two Japanese citizens unless the Japanese government pays a $200 million ransom for them both.

The 1 minute, 40 second, English-language video, entitled, "A Message to the Government and People of Japan," was produced by the IS' al-Furqan Media Foundation, and was distributed on Twitter on January 20, 2015. A man that appears to be the IS executor known in the media as "Jihadi John" stands behind two men in orange outfits who are identified as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa, and tells the Japanese Prime Minister that due to his government spending $200 million to fight the IS and participate in the "Crusade" to kill Muslims, he must now spend the same amount to free the captives.

He added, addressing the Japanese public: "Just as how your government has made the foolish decision to pay $200 million to fight the Islamic State, you now have 72 hours to pressure your government in making a wise decision, by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens. Otherwise, this knife will become your nightmare."

Following is a transcript of the video:

0:00

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

0:10

[Television clips]

He has announced a multi-million dollar aid and loan package to the Middle East, and expressed concern about the spread of extremism in the region...

The international community would suffer enormous damage if terrorism and weapons of mass destruction spread in the region...

0:30

[Title]

A Message to the Government and People of Japan

0:40

["Jihadi John" with two Japanese citizens: Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa]

To the Prime Minister of Japan, although you are more than 8500km away from the Islamic State, you willingly have volunteered to take part in this Crusade, you have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims, so the life of this Japanese citizen will cost you $100 million. And in an attempt to stop the expansion of the Islamic State, you have also donated another $100 million, to train the murtadeen [apostates] against the mujahideen, and so the life of this Japanese citizen will cost you another $100 million.

And to the Japanese public: Just as how your government has made the foolish decision to pay $200 million to fight the Islamic State, you now have 72 hours to pressure your government in making a wise decision, by paying the $200 million to save the lives of your citizens. Otherwise, this knife will become your nightmare.

 

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