The mother of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto tearfully pledged that she would continue her son’s efforts towards making “the world a place without any wars, and to save children from war and poverty” as she spoke to the media in Tokyo on Sunday.
Junko Ishido reacted following the release on Saturday night of an online video purported to show an ISIL militant beheading 47-year-old Goto, ending days of negotiations to save the man and heightening fears for the life a Jordanian fighter pilot also held hostage.
Though the video could not be immediately independently verified by The Associated Press, it conformed to other beheading videos released by the extremists, who now control about a third of both Syria and neighbouring Iraq in a self-declared caliphate.
Meanwhile in Jordan, family members and supporters of the Jordanian pilot held by ISIL militants have staged a small protest in the hope of prompting the Jordanian government to take action in securing his safe release.
They say they have received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier this week.
ISIL purportedly threatened to kill Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh by Thursday unless Jordan released a female al-Qaida prisoner, Sajida al-Rishawi, from death row.
Jordanian authorities said on Sunday it was still ready to hand over the jailed prisoner in a swap deal if the pilot was released, even after Japanese journalist’s murder.