WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling the apparent beheading of a Japanese journalist by an Islamic State militant a "heinous murder" and declaring that the United States stands in solidarity with the Japanese people in denouncing the "barbaric act."
An online video released Saturday purports to show the beheading of journalist Kenji Goto. For days there had been negotiations for the release of Goto, who had been captured in October while in Syria trying to win the release of a Japanese colleague. That hostage was reportedly killed earlier this month.
In a statement, Obama says Goto courageously sought to convey the plight of the Syrian people to the outside world.
Obama says the U.S. applauds Japan's steadfast commitment to advancing peace and prosperity in the Middle East as well as around the world.