New ‘Jihadi John kill video’ probed

Published: Tuesday 20th January 2015 by The News Editor

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The Foreign Office is investigating another video which has emerged allegedly featuring a militant who looks and sounds similar to the infamous “Jihadi John” threatening to kill two hostages.

The footage, released today and reported to have been made by Islamic State group’s al-Furqan, shows the man who speaks with a British accent claiming the Japanese captives would be killed unless a ransom was paid.

A spokeswoman from the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the video and we are studying the content.”

The two hostages, wearing orange jumpsuits, are under threat as a result of Japan’s support of Western military actions against Islamic State, the speaker claims.

He demands a 200 million dollar ransom in the next 72 hours.

A man speaking with a British accent, who has become known as Jihadi John, has appeared in a number of previous videos in which hostages were both threatened and killed.

British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning and US journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley have been beheaded in similar style footage.

British photojournalist John Cantlie has appeared in a number of propaganda videos released by Islamic State, presenting documentary-style clips.

Japanese officials have not made any immediate comment on the latest video.

Published: Tuesday 20th January 2015 by The News Editor

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