ISIS Demands $200M Ransom for Japanese Hostages
ISIS terrorists are demanding $200 million from the Japanese government in exchange for the return of two Japanese hostages.
"The reason ISIS says they want $200 million for these two Japanese hostages is because that's how much the Japanese just pledged in non-lethal aid to countries ravaged by the Islamic State," Peter Doocy reported on "Fox and Friends" this morning.
Doocy explained that in the video, a terrorist with a British accent says, "To the Prime Minister of Japan: Although you are more than 8,000 and 500 kilometers from the Islamic State you willingly have volunteered to take part in this crusade."
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded by saying, "I have instructed the Chief Cabinet Secretary to deal with the case, putting people's lives as the top priority ... Tokyo has set up an emergency committee and meetings have taken place already."
In the video, two men identified as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa appear in orange jumpsuits, much like other hostages previously killed by ISIS.
"We don't know yet if the Japanese government plans to pay," Doocy said. "Top officials are promising to do whatever they can while also declaring that it's important not to give in to terrorists."
In the video, identified as being made by the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm and posted on militant websites associated with the extremist group, a militant threatened to kill the men unless a $200 million ransom was paid within 72 hours. If confirmed to be from Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the video would mark the first public demand for ransom from the group in exchange for the release of captives.
Watch the clip above.