The Islamic State group’s threat Tuesday to execute two Japanese hostages is a chilling echo of a series of hostage crises involving Japanese citizens in 2004, including one that resulted in the victim being decapitated.
In an online video, a knife-wielding militant with a British accent said the group will execute the two, whom the video subtitles identified as Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa, unless Tokyo paid a $200 million ransom within 72 hours.
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