Looking at all possible ways to free hostages from Islamic State, says Japan

January 22, 2015 5:43 AM

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Looking at all possible ways to free hostages from Islamic State, says Japan

Japan said on Thursday that it was considering all possible ways to gain the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate.

The Islamic State group, in a video message seen on Tuesday, said it would kill the hostages within 72 hours unless it receives $200 million. Based on the video’s release time, that deadline would come sometime Friday.

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