The Islamic State today threatened to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless a jailed female terrorist is released.
A video posted on jihadist websites shows a picture of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding a photograph of captured Jordanian pilot, 1st Lt Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh.
A voiceover, purportedly by Goto, warns that Jordan is blocking the Japanese journalist’s release by failing to free Sajida al-Rishawi, a would-be suicide bomber on death row since 2006.
The statement says Goto and al-Kaseasbeh will be killed within 24 hours if al-Rishawi is not freed and urges the Japanese government to put pressure on Jordan.
The voiceover warns: ‘Any more delays by the Jordanian government will mean they are responsible for the death of the pilot which will then be followed by mine.
‘I only have 24 hours left to live… and the pilot has even less. Please don’t leave us to die.