A video purporting to have been released by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claims the group has killed one of two Japanese hostages after a deadline for Japan to pay the group a $200m ransom passed on Friday.
In footage posted online, the video reportedly shows the killing Haruna Yukawa, a private military contractor who was kidnapped in Syria last August.
The group has now demanded that one of its members is released from custody in Jordan as a swap for the release of Kenji Goto, a freelance Japanese journalist who was was abducted while reporting on Syria's civil war last year.
The Japanese government said it was trying to verify the authenticity of the video.
- Al jazeera