Oyia Brown

The British jihadist blamed for murdering five Western hostages in Syria is thought to have released a new video in which he demands a ransom for two Japanese captives.

A figure speaking with a similar English accent to “Jihadi John” appears in a broadcast released online in which he demands $200m to spare the lives of a Japanese security contractor and a journalist.

As with previous hostage videos released by Isil, the kidnapped men are shown wearing orange jumpsuits of the sort used by detainees in Guantánamo Bay.

A knife-wielding man, dressed in black clothes and a black mask, tells the camera that Japan’s people should also pressurise their government to end its “foolish” financial support for the US-led coalition currently waging a military campaign against Isil.

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