Bin Laden: French injustices against Muslims lead to Niger abduction

21:33, October 27, 2010      

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The top leader of al-Qaida terrorist group Osama bin Laden said in a video aired by pan-Arab al-Jazeera television on Wednesday that the French injustices against Musilms led to the kidnapping of five French citizens in Niger last month.

Bin Laden, in the video, warned the French people not to "intervene in the affairs of Muslims in North and West Africa."

"The subject of my speech is the reason why your security is being threatened and your sons are being taken hostage," he said.

The terrorist tycoon accused the Western people of taking "a lot of our wealth in suspicious deals, while our people there suffer various forms of poverty and despair."

Five French nationals, along with two others from Madagascar and Togo were kidnapped in September in Niger, of which al-Qaida's North African wing has claimed responsibility.

In the video, Bin Laden also urged France to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, calling it an unjust war, and pledged more kidnappings if his warnings are not heeded.



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