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'Jihadists hope Britain's Prince Harry is captured'

world Updated: May 12, 2010 07:38 IST

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Jihadists took to Internet to voice hope that if Britain's Prince Harry is able to pilot a helicopter, that fighters shoot him down, the SITE monitoring service said on Tuesday.

"Reports of Prince Harry of Wales having sufficient skill to pilot an Apache helicopter sparked jihadists to discuss the possibility of his being shot down and killed or captured," SITE said.

"The availability of a high-profile target in Afghanistan, Iraq, or any battlefield of jihad, usually sparks such discussion," SITE said.

"One jihadist, writing on al-Fallujah, hoped that if captured, the prince could be exchanged for captive radical clerics Abu Qatada the Palestinian and the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdul Rahman," according to SITE.

The service said that "on the English-language forum, one jihadist wrote: 'Wouldn't it be sweeeeeeeet if the Mujahideen could capture that pig!"

In February 2007 and February 2008 similar postings were seen on the now offline al-Ekhlaas and al-Hesbah jihadist forums. Jihadists spoke of the prince's persence "in Iraq and then Afghanistan, and encouraged the mujahideen to target him," SITE noted.