Islamic State extremists and terror group is asking USD200 million, the same amount Japan’s Abe pledged to help countries fight IS, in exchange for the lives of two Japanese nationals they identified as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa. The threat was uploaded online via video today.
If 72 hours lapsed and ransom was not paid they threatened to kill the two Japanese. Asking the same amount Japan pledged as help to countries fighting Islam extremists can be regarded as response or counterattack from the terror group.
Over the weekend, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged non-military assistance worth USD200 million.
“The stability of the Middle East is the foundation for peace and prosperity for the world, and of course for Japan,” Abe said in Cairo, Egypt as quoted by international news outlets. “I will pledge assistance of a total of about 200 million U.S. dollars for those countries contending with ISIL, to help build their human capacities, infrastructure, and so on.”