Japan to provide $19m in counter-terrorism aid to Middle East and Africa

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will provide US$15.5 million (S$19.38 million) in aid to support counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East and Africa, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday, doubling the figure pledged last month.

Islamic State militants have said they would target Japanese citizens after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged US$200 million in humanitarian aid to countries fighting the group. Two Japanese citizens were beheaded by the group last month.