Dubai: Al-Qaeda has urged supporters in
Saudi Arabia to kidnap Christians and Saudi princes to press
for the release of a female militant the group says was nabbed
north of Riyadh, in an audio message released on Thursday.
"Form cells to kidnap Christians and princes from the
Saud family and their top officials of ministers and
officers," Saeed al-Shihri, a prominent Saudi leader of
Al-Qaeda franchise in Yemen, said in the message.
He said that "preacher" Heila al-Qsayer, a widow of a
Saudi Al-Qaeda militant killed six years ago by the Saudi
authorities, was arrested in Qassim, north of the capital, but
did not specify when.
"We tell our soldiers: You have to kidnap in order to
release the prisoners," he said.
The Dubai based Al-Arabiya news channel described Qsayer
as "the most dangerous woman" in Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia.
Shihri, who is purportedly number two in the Yemen-based
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, insisted that families of
prisoners held in Saudi Arabia should take arms to secure
their release instead of grovelling to officials.
"Stop knocking at the doors of the tyrants and their
deviant Ulemas," he said.
"If you want your relatives to be released from prison,
they will only be out by the same way they were taken in," he