On the 5th of December al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) combatants attacked the Ministry of Defense complex in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa. The focus of its attack was a hospital resulting in the death of 56 people; mostly doctors, nurses and patients, and the injury of about 170 people. A few days later the Yemeni government broadcasted footage from the hospital security cameras revealing the carnage. Public outrage followed. AQAP sympathizers were shocked by the ruthless and coldblooded murders. Then on Dec. 22, AQAP went public and apologized for the murders. The statement was read by the field commander Qassim Ar-Reimy and said that the goal of his group was to fight the drone attacks initiated by the United States, and that in the process of this fight a mistake was made; the mistake being the deaths and injuries of innocent bystanders. But, despite such a mistake, by which they seek forgiveness, the fight against drones will continue.
Terrorists saying sorry
Thus AQAP was not apologizing to the public; it was talking to like-minded zealots, to would-be AQAP members, and others Al-Qaeda groups.Abdullah Hamidaddin
Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamic militant organization, also issued its own apology. In July of 2013 there were reports that a significant sect of Boko Haram had reached a cease fire agreement with the Nigerian government. Boko Haram’s campaign had claimed about 3,000 lives since 2009. One of their leaders Muhammadu Marwana issued an apology to “those who lost their loved ones” due to their “activities.” He also said that the group had “forgiven all those who committed atrocities against” them. Marwana also disassociated himself and his group from the killing of 20 school students which had taken place in the beginning of that month. Regardless of the situation in Nigeria today, this apology was also about the future.