Abducted UN Security Director Accuses KSA, UAE of Thwarting Negotiations with Al-Qaeda to Release him

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Akam Sofyol Anam, Abducted director of the UN Office of Security and Safety in Yemen, has accused the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of thwarting negotiations to liberate him and four of his colleagues who were kidnapped in an ambush by the group in Abyan province while on their way to Aden, southern Yemen, February 11.

This came in a video footage released on Saturday by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Yemen branch.

Al-Qaeda Takfiri group released a video on Saturday showing a United Nations worker who was abducted in southern Yemen more than six months ago.

In the video message, Akam Sofyol Anam, urges “the UN, the international community, the humanitarian organisations, to please come forward… and meet the demands of my captors”, without outlining the demands.

Akam Sofyol Anam, said he was facing “serious health trouble”, including heart problems, and needed “immediate medical support and hospitalization.

Five UN staff members were kidnapped in Yemen’s southern province of Abyan, which is under UAE-Saudi occupation, in February while returning to the port city of Aden “after having completed a field mission,” UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko told AFP at the time.

In Saturday’s video message, apparently recorded on August 9, Akam Sofyol Anam, identified by SITE as Bangladeshi, urges “the UN, the international community, the humanitarian organizations, to please come forward… and meet the demands of my captors”, without outlining the demands.

He said he was facing “serious health trouble”, including heart problems, and needed “immediate medical support and hospitalization”, according to SITE, which monitors extremist activity.

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