SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Photojournalist Luke Somers, who was born in England but has lived in the US for most of his life, was captured by Al-Qaeda in Sana’a in September 2013. The Arabian Peninsula wing of the group (AQAP) has released a video with a message saying it will kill the hostage if its demands are not met. The video has been obtained but not released by US security monitoring organisation SITE Intelligence Group.
The three-minute video first shows Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, a local al Qaeda official, speaking about alleged American crimes against the Muslim world and saying the US is “aware” of the militants’ demands. Speaking in Arabic, Mr Ansi says the US has three days to meet the demands or “otherwise, the American hostage held by us will meet his inevitable fate”.
Later in the video, Mr Somers says: “My name is Luke Somers. I’m 33 years old. I was born in England, but I carry American citizenship and have lived in America for most of my life. “It’s now been well over a year since I’ve been kidnapped in Sana’a. Basically, I’m looking for any help that can get me out of this situation. 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. Thank you very much.” AQAP is considered the most dangerous affiliate of al Qaeda by Washington. Last week, a Yemeni government website said in a statement the group had moved a number of hostages including an American journalist, as well as a Briton and a South African, days before a joint US-Yemeni raid in southeastern Hadramawt province to free one of them.
Source: Sky News