An online video claims to show ISIS beheading a Japanese journalist

Kenjo Goto

Reuters/Yuya Shino

A man walks past screens displaying a television news programme showing an image of Kenji Goto, one of two Japanese citizens taken captive by Islamic State militants, on a street in Tokyo January 25, 2015.

A new online video is claiming to show ISIS militants beheading Japanese reporter Kenji Goto, according to the Associated Press.

The video was released late Saturday, and it shows a militant with a British accent executing the man. This man seems to be the same one who has taken part in other ISIS videos.

The AP says it has not confirmed 100% yet that this video is legitimate. They say it was released via militant websites, and the video carried symbols of prior ISIS videos.Advertisement

The video is called "A Message to the Government of Japan," according to the AP. It is about one minute long, and Goto is in the video the entire time but does not speak.

The AP recounts the videos content:

'"Abe," the militant says in the video, referring to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, "because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this man will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin."'


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