Al Qaida leader: Capture more hostages like Weinstein

Al Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a video posted on jihadist websites, urged Muslims to take more hostages in the mold of 71-year-old Jewish American aid worker Warren Weinstein.

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“God the great and almighty granted us success to capture the Jewish American Warren Weinstein,” al-Zawahiri said, Israel National News reported, citing the terror monitoring Site intelligence group.

Weinstein has been held captive by al Qaida since August 2011 after being abducted from his home in Lahore, Pakistan. At the time of his capture, he had been working in Pakistan for several years as a director of J.E. Austin Associates, a U.S.-based development contractor that advises different Pakistani business and government sectors. —