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Abe says online photo looks highly authentic

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Militants claiming to be members of Islamic State are demanding the release of a woman on death row in Jordan in exchange for Japanese captive Kenji Goto

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a photo on the Internet showing what appears to be the killing of one of two Japanese captives held by Islamic State looks highly authentic. Abe shared his view in an NHK broadcast on Sunday.

Abe was commenting on an online message released late on Saturday, Japan time. It includes an image of freelance journalist Kenji Goto who's being held hostage by the militant group. Goto is holding a photo that appears to show the execution of the other captive, Haruna Yukawa.

Abe said the photo made him feel a deep sense of regret. He said he cannot find words to describe how the captives' families must be feeling. He said such an act of terrorism cannot be forgiven, and he feels strong outrage.

Abe said he condemns such behavior. He demanded that the hostage takers release Kenji Goto unharmed as soon as possible.

Militants claiming to be members of Islamic State are demanding the release of a woman on death row in Jordan in exchange for Japanese captive Kenji Goto.

A still image of Goto wearing an orange jumpsuit appeared online on Saturday. The freelance journalist is seen holding a photo of what appears to be the body of the other hostage, Haruna Yukawa.