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Al-Qaeda militant urges attacks

18 August 2013, 15:29

Dubai - An American al-Qaeda militant has called for more attacks on Western diplomats in the Arab world, praising the killers of the US ambassador to Libya on 11 September last year, a US-based monitoring group said on Sunday.

Western nations shut embassies across the Middle East and North Africa early this month, after a warning of a possible militant attack. Many have reopened, and Britain said its Yemen embassy would open on Sunday after being closed for 12 days.

Adam Gadahn, a California-born convert to Islam with a $1 million US price on his head, appealed to wealthy Muslims to offer militants rewards to kill ambassadors in the region, citing bounty set for killing the US ambassador to Yemen, Washington-based SITE monitoring group said.

"These prizes have a great effect in instilling fear in the hearts of our cowardly enemies," Gadahn said in the 39-minute video recording in Arabic posted on websites used by Islamist militants, according to SITE.

"They also encourage hesitant individuals to carry out important and great deeds in the path of Allah," he said, in an English transcript on SITE.

The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaeda last year offered 3kg of gold for the killing of the US ambassador in Sanaa or 5 million rials ($23 350) for an American soldier in the impoverished Arab state.

- Reuters


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