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Need for resolute action against terror: PM on killing of Japanese

Strongly condemning the "gruesome" and "barbaric" killing of two Japanese nationals by ISIS, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it is a stark reminder of the emergence of terrorism as a major global challenge and pressed the need for more resolute action to deal with it.

He wrote a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, expressing India's solidarity in the wake of these acts of terror. The killing of Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa is "gruesome & unfortunate", Modi said in a statement.

"These murders are a stark reminder to the world of the inhuman nature of terrorism and its emergence as a major challenge to the global community," he said in his letter to Abe, a day after the terror group claimed second of the Japanese hostages had been beheaded. "This tragic loss of innocent lives should redouble our resolve to deepen mutual cooperation and seek a more resolute global action in combating terrorism," the Prime Minister said. He said the news of the "savage" killing of the Japanese citizens by the terrorist group IS has "deeply pained and shocked me and the people of India" and "our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and the people of Japan".

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