A video was recently released, allegedly by Daesh, claiming one of the Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa, has been killed. The remaining hostage, Kenji Goto, was offered up in a prisoner exchange deal.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters as he rushed into his office that the release of the new message was "an outrageous and unforgivable act. We demand their immediate release," reports the Associated Press.
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said government ministers were holding an emergency meeting about the new message.
Daesh has allegedly requested the release of Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman imprisoned in Jordan for conspiring to detonate a suicide bomb at a wedding in the Radisson Hotel in Amman, 2005 in exchange for Goto.
Daesh threatened on Tuesday to behead the men within 72 hours unless it received a $200 million ransom.
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