ISIS Releases Message Extending Deadline for Hostage Swap

The Islamic State group released a message purportedly from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto on Thursday, extending the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to Al Qaeda.

The audio recording, in English, says the Jordanians must present female jihadist Sajida al-Rishawi at the Turkish border by sunset Thursday, or Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh will be killed, The Associated Press reported.

On Wednesday, Jordan agreed to an ISIS demand for the release of al-Rishawi.

The recording, distributed on Twitter by ISIS-affiliated accounts, appeared to be more rushed than two previous ones purportedly from Goto, which showed a photo of him along with the audio recording.

Thursday’s recording contained only the audio, with an image of Arabic text that was an exact translation of the statement. (Read more about the hostage swap HERE)

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