January 24, 2015 / 3:47 PM / 4 years ago

Japan says web clip claiming death of IS hostage "outrageous"

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan early on Sunday strongly criticised a recording purporting to announce the execution of a Japanese citizen held by Islamic State militants and demanded the immediate release of another captive depicted as appearing on the image.

A man watches a news program about an Islamic State video purporting to show two Japanese captives at an electronics store in Tokyo January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a brief televised statement, said the recording appeared to show captive Haruna Yukawa being killed.

“This is an outrageous and unacceptable act,” Suga said. “We strongly demand the prompt release of the remaining Mr. Kenji Goto, without harm.”

Suga read the statement and declined to take questions.

Reporting by William Mallard, editing by David Evans; CATEGORY-WORLD

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