CAIRO: The murder of Kenji Goto was a “cruel and barbaric crime,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty stated Sunday.
Abdel Atty also offered the Egyptian government’s condolences to the Japanese government, people and the victim’s family and assured the importance of international cooperation to confront terrorism.
On Saturday night, the Islamic State released a video apparently showing the beheading of its second Japanese hostage Goto, as the alleged ‘terrorist’ appeared taking and addressing what he called ‘message to the Japanese government.’
“Because of your participation in this war, this knife will not behead Goto only, but all of your mankind where ever they existed,” the masked man in the video in English.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe commented on the video in a statement posted on the Cabinet’s website, saying the government felt the “greatest sorrow and profound grief.”
“When I think about the unbearable pain and sorrow that his family must be feeling, I am rendered simply speechless. As a government, we have pursued every possible means to save their lives,” Abe said.
He added that he is “infuriated by these inhumane and despicable acts of terrorism” assuring that the he “will never forgive these terrorists, and will work with the international community to hold them responsible for their deplorable acts.”