Sydney/Hong Kong (CNN) — A hostage video released by West Papuan independence fighters Friday includes a warning from captive New Zealander Philip Mehrtens, saying the group is ready to kill him.

The rebels took the pilot captive in February, demanding seccession talks with Indonesia involving regional powers Australia and New Zealand.

Forecast Update

FIRST WARN FORECAST: 80s will be the rule this Memorial Day Weekend.

May 26, 2023 @ 5:43 pm

News 8 Now First Warn Meteorologist Erik Dean has the latest 8-Day Forecast.

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Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 60s.
Mostly clear skies. Low around 60F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.
A few clouds. Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the mid 60s.