Al-Qaida in Yemen blames US for death of hostages in raid

December 11, 2014 07:57

Al-Qaida in Yemen blames the United States for the death of a US and South African hostage killed in a failed rescue attempt by US forces, an official of the militant group said, arguing Washington had "foolishly" chosen armed force over negotiation.

US President Barack Obama "and his government knew the fairness of our demands, and they could have at least negotiated with us about them, or been sincere in this matter", Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi said in a video published on Thursday by the SITE Intelligence group, which monitors Islamist militants.

"Despite our warning to him not to act foolishly ... he chose a military solution, which failed before and failed once again."

American journalist Luke Somers, 33, and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, 56, were shot by their kidnappers during the raid on Saturday in the arid Wadi Abadan district of Shabwa, one of al Qaeda's most formidable strongholds, U.S. officials said.

Residents said a woman, a 10-year-old boy and a local al Qaeda leader were among at least 11 people also killed in the shootout.

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