Brit-American Featured in Al Qaeda Hostage Video

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a cadet group of Al-Qaeda that operates in Yemen and Saudi Arabia has threatened to kill British-born American citizen Luke Somers, who was kidnapped in Yemen in September 2013. Appearing in the video wearing Western style clothes against a backdrop of green foliage, he pleaded for help to “get me out of this situation”.

Speaking to the camera Somers, who has had his head of long hair shorn off, said in a 35-second statement: “My name is Luke Somers. I’m 33 years old. I was born in England, but I carry American citizenship and have lived in America for most of my life.