Sunday, May 24, 2015Sunday, May 24, 2015

Al-Qaeda in Yemen offers bounty for US ambassador

Published on Dec 31, 2012 2:43 PM

DUBAI (REUTERS) - The Yemen-based branch of Al-Qaeda has offered a bounty for anyone who kills the US ambassador to Yemen or an American soldier in the impoverished Arab state, a group that monitors Islamist websites said.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap) said it was offering three kilograms of gold for the killing of the US ambassador in Sanaa, Gerald Feierstein, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group said, citing an audio released by militants.

Aqap will also pay 5 million rials ($29,000) to whoever kills any American soldier in Yemen, it said.

The offer, valid for six months, was made "to encourage our Muslim Ummah (nation), and to expand the circle of the jihad (holy war) by the masses," SITE said, citing the audio.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!