Al QaedaÂ a muslim army would take a German hostage and then blame the German government for trying to rescue him because the attempt ended in his death. The jihadis have warned European governments not to use force to try to rescue hostages. The only alternative left is to bribe the hostage-takers. Collecting ransom for hostages is a common practice in Islam and is sanctioned in Islamic law.
Note also where AQ warns the Germans that “your security and the security of your citizens are contingent upon the security of Muslims and the respect for their sanctities.” In other words, do nothing about the spread of Sharia and the Islamization of Germany, and we won’t kill more of your citizens.
AQIM blames Germany over botched kidnap raidÂ AFP June 12
AQIM has not been known to operate directly in Nigeria, though Boko Haram and other extremists in the country are believed to have links to the group.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€” File Photo by Reuters
HONG KONG, : Al Qaeda’s north African branch has blamed the German government for the recent death of a hostage in a botched rescue raid in Nigeria, and warned Berlin to improve its treatment of Muslims.
The US-based SITE monitoring service said Tuesday that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) had issued a statement about last month’s death of Edgar Raupach.
AQIM did not explicitly confirm that it had held Raupach, who was killed by his captors on May 31 as Nigerian security forces conducted a raid in the northern city of Kano.
But the statement said Germany had given Nigeria the “green light” for the military operation “at a time when the mujahideen (were) keen to peacefully settle the issue” if their demands were met.
“We say to the family of the German citizen Edgar Fritz Raupach, the blood of your son hangs from the neck of your government,” AQIM said, according to a Site translation of the statement posted online on Monday.
The statement added that Germany must “correct” its handling of Muslims, “becauseÂ your security and the security of your citizens are contingent upon the security of Muslims and the respect for their sanctities”.
The German engineer was kidnapped on the outskirts of Kano in January in the days after a series of bombings and shootings claimed by Islamist group Boko Haram, which killed at least 185 people in the city.
AQIM has not been known to operate directly in Nigeria, though Boko Haram and other militants in the country are believed to have links to the group.
According to Nigerian security sources, Raupach was shot and stabbed by his captors when the military moved in to try to save him.
The raid came as news of a fresh kidnapping emerged in Nigeria with officials confirming the abduction of an Italian engineer in Kwara State, in the African country’s central-west.
In March, Nigerian security forces faced criticism after a failed bid to rescue an Italian and a British hostage. Their captors killed them before Nigerian forces could rescue them in a joint operation with British forces.
In its statement, AQIM warned European governments against using force to resolve kidnappings.
“This method of foolishness in dealing with the hostages issues has proven its failure and led in all cases to the killing of the hostages and many soldiers, while the serious negotiation style proved successful and led to their release,” it said.