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Newsline: Al Qaeda-held Saudi diplomat appeals for release

A Saudi diplomat kidnapped nearly a month ago in Yemen’s south has appealed to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to meet Al Qaeda demands to secure his release, according to a video posted on jihadist Internet forums. “I appeal to King Abdullah… and the Saudi government to save me and release me from Al Qaeda organisation in return for releasing the sisters detained in (Saudi) general investigation prisons and fulfilling the remaining demands of the organisation,” Abdullah Al Khalidi said in the video. A Saudi interior ministry spokesman, cited by the official SPA news agency, warned that the abductors were “responsible for the security of Abdullah Al Khalidi.” The spokesman added that there was no indication of when the video was recorded.



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