The Japanese government says a video showing the apparent murder of hostage Kenji Goto appears to be genuine.
The one minute-long footage was apparently released by Islamic State (IS) on Saturday evening.
It purportedly shows the beheading of the Japanese freelance journalist and film-maker, who was a father of three.
The man was wearing an orange jumpsuit and the video was similar to previous beheading footage the militant group has released.
The video was called “A Message to the Government of Japan” and the apparent murderer spoke with a British accent.
He blamed Mr Goto’s beheading on Japan’s support for the US-led coalition fighting IS in the Middle East.
The kneeling hostage did not speak in the footage.
The Japanese, UK and US governments strongly condemned IS, with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visibly upset as he spoke to reporters in Tokyo.
“I am extremely angry about these heinous and despicable terrorist acts. We will never forgive terrorists,” he said… see more