Al Qaeda blames Obama for hostage deaths in Yemen
Al Qaeda spokesman Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi reads a message threatening to execute American journalist Luke Somers days before he was killed in a botched US rescue mission. (AFP/File)
Al Qaeda in Yemen said American President Barack Obama was to blame for the death of two hostages during a failed rescue operation, AFP reports.
In a video message Thursday, spokesperson for the militant network Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi called the rescue bid for American journalist Luke Somers and South African national Pierre Korkie the “wrong decision”.
Both hostages were shot and killed by Al Qaeda militants after US soldiers stormed a hideout where they were being held in southwestern Yemen.
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