Qaeda warns against hostage rescue bid

2012-01-12 17:11

Rabat - Al-Qaeda's north African branch warned Western states including France on Thursday against a military bid to rescue hostages kidnapped in Mali, citing "information" of plans for such an operation.

"We send a warning to France, Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden: if they authorise this operation it will mean the death of their nationals and amount to an attempt on their lives," it said in a statement in Arabic.

"According to information we have received, the alliance of crusaders led by France which supports certain regimes like those of Algeria and Mauritania, is preparing an imminent military operation to free their hostages."

The statement was emailed to AFP in Rabat and carried by the ANI news agency in Mauritania which has published several Aqim statements in the past. These have never been disclaimed.

"We would like to state that we are searching a peaceful solution to this issue of the hostages," it added.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), has claimed the kidnapping last November of two Frenchmen in the northern Malian town of Hombori, and another three Westerners a day later in Timbuktu.

  • Werner - 2012-01-12 18:40

    And so the most prolific voice of the "religion of peace" once again threaten violence

      Thomas - 2012-01-13 00:35

      Don't rescue them , just watch as we cut off their heads in the name a "Allah" Send in the drones!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • grobler.nic - 2012-01-13 05:32

    What the he...l were those people doing in that stinking sh@t pitt?

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-13 07:55

    'Looking for a peaceful solution' - JUST LET THEM GO! Lying ,low life , hypocritical , sub-humans.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-13 14:48

    Al-Qaeda is little more than a fanatical bunch of terrorist who have endangered the lives of every Muslim in the world. As the West has repeatedly stated that is does not negotiate with terrorists I really hope that a rescue is attempted, even if this result in the death of the hostages, The west must take action. For once I must recommend Israels solution to this sort of thing. go in and kill everyone, assassinate who ever get away, and hunt the rest down until they are all dead without the use of courts, human rights or any other consideration. Islamic radicals like their Jewish and Christian counterparts are little more than the scum of the earth and must be treated as such

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