US condemns 'brutal murder' of Japan hostage by IS

US President Barack Obama strongly condemned Saturday the killing of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, though the execution has not yet been independently confirmed.

"The United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist group" Obama said in a statement, referring to IS. Japanese officials were still working to verify a video posted online claiming that one of two men held hostage by Islamic State jihadists had been executed.