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