Japan condemns new video, not yet verifying authenticity

he China Post news staff and AP

Japan’s government is investigating a new message purported to be from the Islamic State group holding two Japanese hostages. According to the Wall Street Journal website, a Japanese official said the video message apparently showed that the terrorist group has killed one of the hostages.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said late Saturday that Cabinet ministers were holding an emergency meeting about the new message, the release of which he condemned as unforgivable. The Associated Press could not verify the contents of the message, which varied greatly from previous videos released by the Islamic State group, which now holds a third of both Syria and Iraq. (Earlier