Yemen Nobel laureate gets death threat

2012-02-17 16:02
Sana'a - Yemeni Nobel Peace laureate Tawakkul Karman has received a death threat from Muslim militants for alleged blasphemy, local media reported on Friday.

Karman, a prominent pro-democracy activist, received the threat in a short text message sent to her mobile phone demanding that she repent or face death, reported independent website Change, quoting a statement issued by her office.

The threat was the second sent to Karman in less than a week, according to the report.

Karman had received a similar threat via a message sent by an anonymous person claiming to be an affiliate of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

"While condemning these threats, Tawakkul Karman holds the security and military agencies of [outgoing Yemeni President Ali Abdullah] Saleh fully responsible for any attack on her life," said the statement.

Karman was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for leading peaceful demonstrations in Yemen, sharing it with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and African peace activist Leymah Gbowee.

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