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A Japanese hostage held by Islamic State reportedly says they will kill him and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours if a woman prisoner is not freed - reported the SkyNews.
An image of Kenji Goto in an orange jumpsuit has appeared online along with audio purportedly of him pleading for his life.
Mr Goto said he has been told this is his last message and that "the barrier to my freedom is the Jordanian government delaying the handing over of Sajida al Rishawi".
He added: "Time is now running very short. It is me for her. What seems to be so difficult to understand."
In the audio message, Mr Goto purportedly urged the Japanese authorities to put pressure on the Jordanians to release her.