Written By: Shuaib M. al-Mosawa
Article Date: Sep 22, 2010 - 4:13:29 PM
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility on Monday for the kidnapping of a political security official in late August. AQAP is now using this official as a hostage. In an AQAP communiqué posted September 20, the radical group issued an ultimatum demanding two of its imprisoned members be released within 48 hours.
Colonel Ali M. al-Husam, the Deputy Director of Sa’ada Political Security, was kidnapped August 20 near his house in Sa’ada province by armed men believed at the time to be al-Houthis.
The men of whom al-Qaeda is demanding the release are Hussein al-Tais and Mash-Hoor al-Ahdal. These men were studying at Dar al-Hadith, the Wahabi religious center known for having a number of students with al-Qaeda sympathies, in Damaj area of Sa’ada province.
Al-Qaeda claims these men were arrested at an al-Jawf-based checkpoint run by al-Houthis who handed them in to the director of Sa’ada political security.
The al-Qaeda statement said, “if the apostate government cares about its spies, there is no way to uncover the fate of this spy [al-Husam] unless two of our brothers, Hussain al-Tais, and Mash-Hoor al-Ahdal, are released within 48 hours.”
The Yemeni government has not yet commented on AQAP’s statement .
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