Purported ISIS Video Says Japanese Journalist, Jordanian Pilot to Be Executed Within 24 Hours
A video file posted online Tuesday purports to relay a new message from Japanese ISIS hostage Kenji Goto: He and a captive Jordanian military pilot will be killed in the next 24 hours if Jordan doesn’t release a convicted would-be suicide bomber.
The file, posted Tuesday morning to YouTube and distributed on social media by known ISIS supporters, appears to show a static image of Goto, alone, in handcuffs and wearing orange, holding a picture of who appears to be the Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kassasbeh.
Over the image, a voice purporting to be Goto’s relays the latest threat.
The message is like the one that Goto apparently relayed in a similar online post Saturday, but with a twist: ISIS still would release Goto if Jordan releases prisoner Sajida al-Rishawi, but this time, the lives of Goto and a Jordanian pilot who was captured in Syria last month are threatened.
The new threat makes no mention of releasing the pilot, even if al-Rishawi is released.
“I’ve been told this is my last message, and I’ve also been told that the barrier obstructing my freedom is now just the Jordanian government delaying the handover of Sajida,” the voice says in Tuesday’s post. “Tell the Japanese government to put all the political pressure on Jordan.”
CNN cannot independently verify the message’s authenticity.
Check back for updates on this developing story.