Islamist site threatens strike 'at heart of Berlin'
Dubai: A statement posted on Thursday on an Islamist
website used by al Qaeda threatened a strike at the "heart of
Berlin" unless Germany releases a jailed female militant.
"This is a special message to the old lady of Germany
(Chancellor Angela) Merkel... you should learn from what
happened in France," said the unsigned statement on one of the
group's main sites.
"Immediately release Um Seif Al-Islam Al-Ansariya before
another Mohammed Merah strikes at the heart of Berlin," it
added, reference to the gunman who murdered seven people in
Toulouse, France in March.
Al Qaeda's north Africa branch, al Qaeda in the Islamic
Maghreb (AQIM), says it is holding German engineer Edgar
Raupach, kidnapped in Kano, Nigeria in January.
It wants to exchange him for Felis Lowitz, whose Muslim
name was given as Um Seif Al-Islam Al-Ansariya.
"Many Muslims have heard about what you have done to Um
Seif...you tore off her veil and tore off her clothes," said
the statement, the first posting on Shamukh al-Islam website
since it went offline, along with several other jihadist
sites, more than a week ago.
Nigerian authorities have detained five men, including a
Mauritanian, believed to be linked to the January kidnapping.