ISIS released a video Saturday reportedly showing the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, Fox News reports.
The video, titled “A Message to the Japanese Government,” shows a masked man with a British accent addressing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, ABC News reports. He puts a knife to Goto’s neck, says “Let the nightmare for Japan begin,” and then reportedly beheads Goto.
National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan released a statement, saying, “The United States strongly condemns [ISIS’s] actions and we call for the immediate release of all remaining hostages. We stand in solidarity with our ally Japan.” The White House is working to authenticate the video, ABC reports.
ISIS had offered to exchange Goto, 46, who was captured in Syria in October, for al-Qaida member Sajida al-Rishawi, who is currently held in Jordan on death row.