Al-Qaeda in Yemen releases video of kidnapped UN worker — monitor

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch released a video on Saturday showing a UN worker who was abducted in the war-torn country more than six months ago, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.اضافة اعلان

Five UN staff members were kidnapped in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan in February while returning to the port city of Aden “after having completed a field mission”, UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko told AFP at the time.

In Saturday’s video message, apparently recorded on August 9, Akam Sofyol Anam, identified by SITE as Bangladeshi, urges “the UN, the international community, the humanitarian organizations, to please come forward ... and meet the demands of my captors”, without outlining the demands.

He said he was facing “serious health trouble”, including heart problems, and needed “immediate medical support and hospitalization”, according to SITE, which monitors extremist activity.

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