Singapore strongly condemns murder of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto: MFA

A pedestrian walks past television screens displaying a news programme about Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was a hostage of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, on a street in Tokyo, on Feb 1, 2015. Singapore strongly condemns
A pedestrian walks past television screens displaying a news programme about Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was a hostage of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, on a street in Tokyo, on Feb 1, 2015. Singapore strongly condemns the execution of Mr Goto by ISIS, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Singapore strongly condemns the execution of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Sunday.

"Singapore strongly condemns the brutal murder of Japanese national Kenji Goto by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mr Goto. Singapore stands in solidarity with the people and government of Japan," the statement said.

"The international community should work together to swiftly bring those responsible to justice and resolutely counter ISIS."

ISIS released a one-minute video on the Internet on Saturday claiming it had killed 47-year-old Mr Goto, who went missing last October after entering Syria. The Japanese government later confirmed the authenticity of the video.

The execution came about a week after that of another Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa, and has been condemned by countries including the United States, Britain, France, and Australia.

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