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Saudi envoy appears in Qaeda video

Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen have posted online a new video of a kidnapped Saudi Arabian diplomat appealing to the kingdom’s rulers to grant his captors’ demands and save his life.

Written by Associated Press | Cairo | Published: July 3, 2012 1:35:21 am

Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen have posted online a new video of a kidnapped Saudi Arabian diplomat appealing to the kingdom’s rulers to grant his captors’ demands and save his life.

The three-minute clip that appeared on a militant Website early Monday was similar to another video released in May: The speaker identified himself as Abdullah Mohammed Khalifa al-Khaldi,deputy Saudi consul in the Yemeni port city of Aden,who was kidnapped in March. There was no sign of his captors in either video.

The abducted diplomat said that al-Qaeda would release him if the kingdom freed women militant prisoners. “Why you have rejected the organisation’s demand to release the women from prison?’’ he asked,addressing Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and other senior Saudi officials.

“My fate is tied to these women,’’ al-Khaldi said. “Release the women and they will free me the next day.’’

The video was produced by al-Malahem,the media arm of the terror network’s Yemen branch,known as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. It is considered by the US to be the movement’s most dangerous offshoot.

Political turmoil caused by an uprising last year has caused a security vacuum in Yemen. Al-Qaeda seized large swaths of territory across the restive south

The women,being held by Saudi security services,are relatives of al-Qaeda fighters.

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