Threat to purported Japanese captives 'unacceptable': Japan PM Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that a threat to the lives of two purported Japanese captives by Islamic State militants was unacceptable and that he strongly condemned acts of terrorism.

Reuters| Updated: Jan 20, 2015, 15:31 PM IST

Jerusalem: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that a threat to the lives of two purported Japanese captives by Islamic State militants was unacceptable and that he strongly condemned acts of terrorism.

Abe was speaking at a news conference in Jerusalem, part of a multi-nation visit to the Middle East.

The Islamic State group, which holds territory in Iraq and Syria, issued a video online purporting to show two Japanese captives and demanding $200 million from the Japanese government to save their lives.