20 Kg Gold Offered as Bounty for Houthi Leader - Al Qaeda
Al-Qaeda has offered 20 kg (44 lb) of gold as dead or alive bounty for the leader of Yemen's Houthi forces, the SITE monitoring group said Wednesday.
Houthis are part of Yemen's Shiite Muslim Zaydi, considered infidel by hardline Sunni Islamist movements such as Al-Qaeda, reason for offering a bounty as such. The offer was made in a video distributed by Al-Qaeda's media arm, SITE said.
Yemen's Shiite Muslim Houthis, led by Abdul Malik al-Houthi, seized control of the capital Sanaa six months ago and move toward southern Yemen last month for fighting with al-Qaeda.
But Saudi Arabia according to former president hadi which fled the country, launched airstrikes against Yemen more than two weeks ago, seeking to drive back the Houthi advance and restore ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist movement's Yemeni wing, has exploited the conflict, storming the town of Mukalla last week and freeing a jailed local Al-Qaeda leader.
Suspected Al-Qaeda militants also attacked a remote eastern border post on the frontier with Saudi Arabia.
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