#AceNewsServices – April 26 – The leader of al Qaeda has reportedly called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners, particularly Americans, so they can be exchanged for militants being held in jails.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was previously the extremist movement’s number two until the death of Osama bin Laden, said he hoped it would enable the freeing of an Egyptian convicted of attacking New York landmarks.
“I ask Allah the Glorious to help us set free Dr Omar Abdel-Rahman and the rest of the captive Muslims,” Zawahiri said, according to the SITE website monitoring service.
“And I ask Allah to help us capture from among the Americans and the Westerners to enable us to exchange them for our captives.”
Abdel-Rahman, known as The Blind Sheikh, is serving a life term in the US after being convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack several New York City landmarks, including the United Nations.
Among the offences he was convicted of was seditious conspiracy in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Centre.
Zawahiri’s interview was posted on-line. Reuters said it could not verify the authenticity of the Zawahiri tape, but that the voice resembled that of the al Qaeda leader.
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