Al-Qaida in Yemen orders its soldiers to kidnap Christians, Saudi royals: statement

10:07, June 04, 2010      

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The Yemen-based al-Qaida group ordered its cells in Saudi Arabia to abduct Christians and Saudi princes to press for the release of its militants jailed in Saudi detentions, according to an audio message released on Thursday.

"We order our soldiers in Saudi Arabia to form cells to kidnap Christians and Saudi princes and their ministers and senior security officers to press for the release of our detained sisters and families," Saeed al-Shihri, the deputy leader of Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said in the message.

"We tell our soldiers, you have to kidnap in order to free the detainees," said al-Shihri in his 17-minute audio message.

Al-Shihri, the Saudi national who was a former prisoner at Guantanamo bay, cited "female preacher" Hailah al-Qaseer, a widow of a Saudi militant who was reportedly killed by Saudi authorities six years ago.

On May 7, the group said in a statement obtained by Xinhua that "Saudi security forces stormed the home of al-Metiq and arrested him along with his family in the city of Buraidah, Saudi Arabia. They also arrested Om Rabab, who was also known as Hailah al- Qaseer, a female preacher who was on Saudi Interior Ministry's wanted list in the same city," they then vowed "to wage more attacks" against Saudi government's interests inside Yemen and beyond to force their release.

The defiant statement came two months after what the terror network claimed that "Saudi Interior Ministry's forces raided the house of their fellow Mohammad al-Metiq and female preacher Om Rabab on February 21."

Yemen, the ancestral homeland of al-Qaida network leader Osama bin Laden, has intensified security operations and air raids against terrorist groups, after the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing claimed responsibility for a botched Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane bound for Detroit last year.

Last month, a Yemeni suicide bomber carried out a botched assassination attempt targeting British envoy to Yemen Tim Torlot. The attack only left the bomber dead and three passersby injured while the diplomat and his escorts survived unscathed.

On Aug. 28, 2009, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the Saudi deputy interior minister who heads Saudi Arabia's anti-terrorism campaign, survived a failed suicide assassination attack that later Yemen- based al-Qaida militants claimed responsibility.

Source: Xinhua


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