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Published on : Feb 02, 2015

The Islamic State militant group has continued its series of heinous murders of foreign journalists. The latest such incident claimed the life of one of the two Japanese journalists, Kenji Goto, held captive by the IS along with Haruna Yukawa. 

Haruna Yukawa was also beheaded by the Islamic State, as depicted by a video footage showing the beheaded body of the reporter exactly a week ago. These incidents have prompted the Japanese president Shinzo Abe in vowing to step up humanitarian support to Islamic States opponents in the Middle East and bring the killers to justice. 

A grim-faced Shinzo Abe said in an emergency meeting held early morning that he feels extreme indignation at the cruel act of terrorism, shortly after the video footage showing Goto’s beheading had surfaced. The murder also prompted the failure of international efforts for swapping an Islamic State suicide bomber in return for Goto’s release. 

Islamic State, the extremist Islamic group that has control over a big part of Syria and Iraq, had released the video early this Sunday that depicts a hooded man with a knife standing over Goto with the knife placed in Goto’s throat.  Gen Nakatani, the Defense Minister of Japan said that the footage looked genuine to him, meaning that the Islamic State must have actually beheaded Goto. 

Abe said that he will never forgive the terrorists behind the act and that Japan will help and work with the international community fighting the group to bring the terrorists responsible for this act to justice. Also, Japan will never give up to terrorism.

Islamic State had earlier threatened Japan about the lives of Goto and Yukawa two weeks ago. At that time, IS had justified the act by citing Abe’s pledge of contributing US$200 million for aiding the fight against the militant group.