The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group released a video Saturday purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.
In it, Goto is seen kneeling, dressed in an orange outfit, as a masked man standing beside him with a knife blames the Japanese government for his “slaughter.”
As in most previous ISIS execution videos, it ends with a still photo of the body with the head resting on its back.
The executioner appears to be the man known as Jihadi John, speaking with a southern English accent and addressing the Japanese government.
“You, like your foolish allies in the Satanic coalition, have yet to understand that we, by Allah’s grace, are an Islamic Caliphate with authority and power, an entire army thirsty for your blood,” he said.
He then speaks directly to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“Because of your reckless decision to take part in an unwinnable war, this knife will not only slaughter Kenji, but will also carry on and cause carnage wherever your people are found. So let the nightmare for Japan begin.”
The video made no mention of a Jordanian pilot also held hostage and threatened with execution.