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Australian PM and British Foreign Secretary send condolences to Japan after Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a Japanese hostage. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday (February 1) it was "an unspeakable horror" for the family of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, after Islamic State militants said they had beheaded him.
"There are more, I regret to say, tragic intimations of another atrocity by the death cult, if true, this will be a terrible shock for the people of Japan, an unspeakable horror for the family and this just demonstrates how important it is that all countries do what they reasonably can to disrupt and degrade this death cult which has ushered in a new dark age over parts of the Middle East," Abbott said.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on a visit to Australia, later extended his condolences to the Japanese people.
"We stand together with the people of Japan and indeed with all our allies against terrorism, wherever it rears its head. I'd like to send my expression of sympathies to the family and friends of Kenji Goto and indeed to the people Japan," he said.
The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released the video showing a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat, followed by footage of a head put on the back of a human body.
Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the video appeared to be genuine.
The video was released exactly a week after footage appearing to show the beheaded body of another Japanese hostage, Haruna Yukawa.