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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that his country would use “all possible means” to bring about the release of a Japanese man being held hostage by the Islamic State militant group.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a toast during dinner with Mozambique
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a toast during dinner with Mozambique

“We will use all possible means [to win his release] by seeking cooperation with other countries,” the premier told a meeting of Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers.

On Sunday, the Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility in an internet radio broadcast for the beheading of Haruna Yukawa, one of the two Japanese captives.

The group continues to hold a second Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist.

A video posted online Saturday shows Goto holding the photo of the lifeless remains of Yukawa, along with an audio message in which he said the group was demanding the release of a prisoner in exchange for his freedom.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Monday that the audio message accompanying the image is “highly likely” to be that of Goto.

The premier called Yakawa’s apparent killing outrageous and called for an immediate release of Goto. The two Japanese were abducted in Syria.

In an online video released on Tuesday, the Islamic State group demanded a 200-million-dollar ransom for the release of the two. Its deadline for the payment expired Friday.

GNA

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