The reported brutal murder of Haruna Yukawa and the further threats made by ISIL are yet another reminder of the murderous barbarity of these terrorists, said British Prime Minister David Cameron Sunday.
"Britain stands in solidarity with the Japanese people at this difficult time and we will continue to offer the Japanese government all possible assistance," said Cameron, adding that "Japan is right to refuse to bow to terrorism. Britain strongly supports the firm stance Prime Minister Abe and his government have taken and we will continue to work with Japan and other partners around the world to promote peace and to build a safer, more secure future for our citizens." On his part, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that "If confirmed, the brutal murder of Haruna Yukawa is a barbaric and despicable act. My thoughts are with the family as they come to terms with this terrible news." "This only serves to underline the depravity of ISIL: their brutality cannot be allowed to succeed."