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Qaeda urges Saudis to abduct royals, Christians

Al-Qaeda has urged supporters in Saudi Arabia to kidnap Christians and Saudi princes to press for the release of a female militant the group says was nabbed north of Riyadh, in an audio message released today.

world Updated: Jun 03, 2010 21:39 IST

Al-Qaeda has urged supporters in Saudi Arabia to kidnap Christians and Saudi princes to press for the release of a female militant the group says was nabbed north of Riyadh, in an audio message released on Thursday.

"Form cells to kidnap Christians and princes from the Saud family and their top officials of ministers and officers," Saeed al-Shihri, a prominent Saudi leader of Al-Qaeda franchise in Yemen, said in the message.

He said that "preacher" Heila al-Qsayer, a widow of a Saudi Al-Qaeda militant killed six years ago by the Saudi authorities, was arrested in Qassim, north of the capital, but did not specify when.

"We tell our soldiers: You have to kidnap in order to release the prisoners," he said.

The Dubai based Al-Arabiya news channel described Qsayer as "the most dangerous woman" in Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia.

Shihri, who is purportedly number two in the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, insisted that families of prisoners held in Saudi Arabia should take arms to secure their release instead of grovelling to officials.

"Stop knocking at the doors of the tyrants and their deviant ulemas," he said.

"If you want your relatives to be released from prison, they will only be out by the same way they were taken in," he said.