Japanese Media: Hostage Exchange Deal Made

Write : 2015-01-28 18:55:52 Update : 2015-01-29 08:52:18

Japanese Media: Hostage Exchange Deal Made

A Japanese news network has reported that a hostage exchange deal has been made to free a Japanese journalist held by the Islamic State (IS) in exchange for the release of a jailed female militant.

Fuji News Network affiliated with Japan’s Fuji Television Network on Wednesday quoted an Israeli news agency as saying that an agreement was made to exchange Japanese hostage Kenji Goto with imprisoned Sajida al-Rishawi, who was sentenced to death for a 2005 hotel bomb attack in Amman. 

Public broadcaster NHK and other Japanese news agencies also quoted Jordanian news media reports that Goto will be released soon and that Sajida al-Rishawi has been transported from a prison to another location near the Syrian border.

The news comes after the Islamic State threatened to kill the Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot it captured within 24 hours in a one-minute 50 second audio file posted on YouTube around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

In the posting dubbed “the second message to the Japanese government and the family of Kenji Goto,” the IS threatened to kill the two unless Jordan freed the jailed female militant.

In the message, a voice presumed to belong to the Japanese hostage Goto can be heard saying that he and the Jordanian pilot would be killed if Jordan delayed releasing Sajida al-Rishawi.

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