Terror group in Yemen threatens to kill American

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Yemen
Thursday, 04 December 2014


A US terrorism monitoring group says al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in the Arabian Peninsula have threatened to kill American national Luke Somers, who had been abducted in Yemen last year.

The SITE Intelligence Group made the announcement after obtaining a video from the militants on Wednesday.

The group received the video shortly after US Special Operation forces and Yemeni soldiers launched a rescue operation in the eastern province of Hadramawt in an effort aimed at freeing Somers.

In the video, an al-Qaeda member said that the 33-year-old American would meet his “inevitable fate” if Washington failed to meet the group’s demands over the next three days. The militants’ demands were not mentioned in the three-minute video.

“We warn [US President Barack] Obama and the American government of the consequences of proceeding ahead in any other foolish action,” the militant said.

Somers also appears in the video, asking for action to be taken to save his life.

“I’m certain that my life is in danger. So, as I sit here now, I ask if anything can be done, please, let it be done.”

Since the US and some of its allies launched airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in recent months, several Western foreign nationals, including American journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff, aid worker Peter (Abdul-Rahman) Kassig, and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, have been beheaded by ISIL militants operating in the region.

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