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ISIS targets Japan, threatens to kill Two Japanese Hostages

Tokyo, Jan 21: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic States, dared to target Japan by holding two of its citizens as hostages and threatening to kill them. Responding to threat, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to save the lives of two and said that his country will not surrender before terrorism.

A video aired by the ISIS showed that a militant was threatening to kill two Japanese hostages if the ransom is not paid to the group. This time Japan became the group's target for supporting the countries fighting against ISIS.

The video is being verified. The hostages are identified as Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist, and Haruna Yukawa, a businessman who had visited Syria for a business deal.

Abe, who is currently on a six-day tour in the Middle East, will cancel his trip to return to Japan to hold discussion with his ministers and take appropriate action to save two hostages. He said that he and his country will never give in to the terrorism, but the hostages will be his top priority.

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