After an unsuccessful attempt by U.S. commandos and Yemeni forces to rescue American hostage photojournalist Luke Somers last week, an Al-Qaida affiliate is now threatening to kill him, as reported by UPI. However, the raid did rescue eight hostages.
Those rescued told the forces that five other hostages had been moved to a different location. Somers was one of those five, according to KETV.
Somers, 33, who was picked up off the streets in Yemen more than a year ago, now appears in a video pleading for his life. According to CNN, an official by the name of Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said in the video that Somers would be killed if the United States does not meet their demands within three days, but failed to reveal demands, claiming that Obama and America know what they are.
According to CNN, in the video Somer’s identifies himself and then continues to plead for his life.
“My name is Luke Somers. I’m 33 years old. I was born in England, but I carry American citizenship and have lived in America for most of my life. I’m looking for any help that can get me out of this situation. I’m certain that my life is in danger. So as I sit here now, I ask if anything can be done, please, let it be done.”
The raid last week came as a result of intel that al Qaeda militants were seen moving hostages, who were “chained and covered in blankets,” to a cave 65 miles away from the town of Hajir al-Saiyer, as reported by KETV.
Armed and wearing night vision goggles, the U.S. and Yemeni special forces attacked the militants who were holding the hostages, killed all seven of the kidnappers and freed the eight hostages.
This attack did not sit well with al-Qaeda, and in addition to Somer’s plea for his life, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi made his own statement.
“We warn Obama and the American government of the consequences of proceeding ahead in any other foolish action.”
[Photo Credit: CNN]