Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), vowed on Monday that imprisoned members of the terror network would be freed.
“The imprisonment will not last and the chains will be broken,” he said, adding that this would happen soon, Wuhayshi said, in what he described as a “letter to the captives in the tyrants’ prisons.”
“The detention (of the network’s prisoners) cannot last.
“Your brothers are about to bring down the walls and thrones of evil... and victory is within reach.”
He added: “We’re all on the same ship, some on the deck and others in the bunt and each team owes its survival to the other.”
Wuhayshi, a former aide to al-Qaeda’s late founder Osama bin Laden, tunneled his way out of prison to become head of AQAP in 2007, according to AFP news agency.
In July 2011, Wuhayshi pledged allegiance to Bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Monday's message comes after an attack by “Al-Qaeda elements” at a gas export terminal in Yemen on Sunday, which killed five soldiers, a military source told AFP.
His group is at the heart of the latest U.S. security alert which has prompted Washington to keep its embassy in Sana’a closed.
A wave of U.S. drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda militants in Yemen that has killed 38 people since July 28, according to AFP.
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