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Audio message purportedly from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto says a Jordanian pilot held by IS militants will be killed, unless an Iraqi female prisoner held by Jordan is released by Thursday sunset. Mana Rabiee reports.
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An audio message was released early Thursday purportedly from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, who's been held by Islamic State militants in Syria.
In it, Goto purportedly says that a Jordanian pilot also held by IS militants in Syria will be killed -- unless, by sundown, Jordan releases Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman held prisoner for her role in a 2005 suicide plot.
SOUNDBITE: SAID TO BE VOICE OF JAPANESE HOSTAGE Kenji Goto SAYING:
"I am Kenji Goto. This is a voice message I've been told to send to you. If Sajida al-Rishawi is not ready for exchange for my life at the Turkish border by Thursday sunset 29th of January Mosul time, the Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh will be killed immediately."
The message which Reuters can't verify was posted on YouTube and is being analyzed by the Japanese government.