Al-Qaeda Leader: Capture More Hostages Like Weinstein
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a video posted on jihadist websites, urged Muslims to take more hostages in the mold of 71-year-old Jewish American aid worker Warren Weinstein.
“God the great and almighty granted us success to capture the Jewish American Warren Weinstein,” al-Zawahiri said, Israel National News reported, citing the terror monitoring group SITE intelligence.
“We are seeking, by the help of God, to capture others and to incite Muslims to capture the citizens of the countries that are fighting Muslims in order to release our captives,” he said.
Weinstein has been held captive by al-Qaeda since August 2011 after being abducted from his home in Lahore, Pakistan. At the time of his capture, he had been working in Pakistan for several years as a director of J.E. Austin Associates, a U.S.-based development contractor that advises different Pakistani business and government sectors.
Al-Zawahiri also called on Egyptians to rise up against Israel “to participate in every protest against the Israeli Embassy, against the peace treaty with Israel, against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, and against every siege of Gaza.”