CAIRO, (AP) – The leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is urging Yemenis in a new audio recording to rise up against the government.
The audio message was released on militant Web sites Thursday.
In it, Naser Abdel Karim al-Wahishi also calls on Arabs in Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries to help their brothers in Yemen.
Al-Wahishi is Yemen’s most wanted fugitive. He leads the formation which includes al-Qaeda in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. He was among 23 al-Qaeda figures who escaped from a Yemeni prison in 2006.
Yemen is re-emerging as a terrorist battleground and potential base of operations for al-Qaeda.
The authenticity of the recording could not be independently verified.