Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb Claims November Kidnappings of Four Europeans in Mali and Mauritania

Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), a North African affiliate of al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) based primarily in Algeria, has issued a statement claiming that it's holding French citizen Pierre Camatte, 61, and Spanish citizens Albert Vilalta, 35, Roque Pascual, 50, and Alicia Gamez, 35. Camatte was kidnapped at gunpoint from his hotel in Menaka, Mali on November 25 and the three Spaniards were kidnapped in the northern Mauritanian city of Nouadhibou on November 29. AQIM executed kidnapped Briton Edwin Dyer in June after their demand for the British government to release Abu Qatada al-Filastini, an imprisoned jihadi-Salafi shaykh, was rejected.

End credits to an AQIM video released last year

The statement was released via the group's media outlet, which was renamed "Al-Andalus," the name of Muslim-ruled Spain in the medieval period, in October.

AQIM amir (leader) 'Abd al-Malik Droukdal, who is also known by his nom de guerre, "Abu Mus'ab 'Abd al-Wadud.

The statement says that, "At a moment when the Crusaders continue their all-out war on Islam and the Muslims in every place, continuing to kill innocents and occupy our land and our holy sites," they have captured the four Europeans in revenge for these "Crusader" crimes. AQIM threatens further such actions and warns its enemies that "the mujahideen" ["warriors of faith", literally "those who struggle/strive"] will "not tire" from waging war against those who oppress Muslims.

بيان تبني لاختطاف فرنسي و ثلاثة إسبان

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