Al-Qaeda in Yemen threatens Saudi over upcoming prisoner executions

Published December 1st, 2015 - 08:41 GMT

Reuters reports that the al-Qaeda branch in Yemen threatened the Saudi government via social media about the upcoming mass executions in Saudi Arabia. 

Last week, Saudi media reported that the authorities decided to execute over 50 people, including many known al-Qaeda members, for convictions of "terrorist crimes." Al-Qaeda is threatening retaliation.

"We swear to God, our blood will be shed before the blood of our captives, and their pure blood will not dry before we shed the blood of the soldiers of Al Saud," al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) announced in a statement on Twitter on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

"We will not enjoy life unless we get the necks of the Al Saud rulers."

Both Daesh and al-Qaeda claim to have strongholds in nearby war-torn Yemen. An increase in mosque bombings and shootings in Saudi has the government on high alert for extremist activity.

According to a report from Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia has conducted over 151 executions in 2015 - for mostly drug-related crimes. Two men from Chad were executed for al-Qaeda affiliated attacks in August.

This will be the largest mass execution for security-related issues in Saudi Arabia since 1979.

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