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Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said his country will do its best to save the life of a Japanese man believed to have been captured earlier this month in northern Syria by the extremist Islamic State militant group.

In what is believed to be the first comment on the incident by a senior Syrian official, Mekdad said Monday: “We promise to do our best to see if we can save the life of this person. We shall do our best.” But he also said that Damascus had no information about whether Haruna Yukawa is alive.

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