AFP: Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch has released a new video of a Bangladeshi United Nations worker abducted 16 months ago in the war-torn country, the SITE Intelligence Group said. The man, who identified himself as Akam Sofyol Anam from the UN Department of Safety and Security in Aden, appealed for his release and warned he and two of his fellow abductees were seriously ill.
In February 2022, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) kidnapped Anam and four others as they returned to the port city of Aden after a field mission.
Wearing a blue shirt and glasses and reading from a prepared statement, Anam — identified by the SITE monitoring service as Bangladeshi — said his sick colleagues needed urgent hospital treatment.
There was no way of knowing who prepared the statement, which appeared to have been recorded on June 3. A previous recording of Anam was released by his captors last September.
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