Prayers for the families of the hostages. It is impossible for us to appreciate the depth of their emotional anxiety; however, we can pray for a resolution which unites them -and- a comfort to surround them.
(CNN)—ISIS will reportedly release a statement “soon” about the two Japanese men it’s threatening to execute Friday. Japanese broadcaster NHK said it has been in contact online with a spokesman for the militant group who made the assertion.
When asked whether ISIS has been in negotiations with the Japanese government, the spokesman said he wouldn’t comment, NHK reported.
ISIS has threatened to kill the two men — Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa — unless Japan pays the group $200 million. The Japanese government says it estimates that ultimatum expires at 2:50 p.m. Friday, Tokyo time (12:50 a.m. ET Friday).
ISIS claims the amount is the same as the financial aid pledged by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to countries affected by the militant group. (read more)