January 21, 2015 / 9:34 AM / 3 years ago

Japan PM says will do utmost to free captives

A masked person holding a knife speaks as he stands in between two kneeling men in this still image taken from an online video released by the militant Islamic State group on January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Social media website via Reuters TV

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will do its utmost to free two of its countrymen believed to be held captive by the Islamic State militant group, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters on Wednesday, adding that Tokyo would never give in to terrorism.

“I have instructed (the government) that we will exhaust all possible measures to have the two freed, using all diplomatic channels, all diplomatic routes we have built so far,” Abe said.

“Our country will never give in to terrorism.”

Islamic State released an online video on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and threatening to kill them unless it received $200 million in ransom.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Nick Macfie

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