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Al Qaeda swears ‘to get necks’ of Al Saud rulers

Blood is seen on the staircase of the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015. Around 27 people were reported dead on Friday after Malian commandos stormed a hotel seized by Islamist gunmen to rescue 170 people, many of them foreigners, trapped in the building. The jihadist group Al Mourabitoun, allied to al Qaeda and based in the desert north of the former French colony, claimed responsibility for the attack. Mali has been battling Islamist rebels for years. A security source said the drama was over by early evening and two militants were dead. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Lahore, Dec. 1 : Al Qaeda on Tuesday ‘swore’ to ‘get the necks of the Al Saud rulers’ to counter Saudi Arabia’s plan to carry out a mass execution of prisoners which also includes Al Qaeda members.

According to The Independent, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said it was aware of Saudi intentions to execute its members in Saudi prisons and pledged to carry out attacks in response.

“We swear to God, our blood will be shed before the blood of our captives, and their pure blood will not dry before we shed the blood of the soldiers of Al Saud,” the group said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“We will not enjoy life unless we get the necks of the Al Saud rulers,” it said further.

The local media reported last week that Saudi authorities planned to execute more than 50 people convicted of ‘terrorist crimes’.

The Saudi monarchy is reeling with rising violence with the Islamic State (IS) militant group claiming responsibility for a string of mosque bombings and shootings.

The last time the kingdom carried out mass executions for security offences was after a group of Islamist militants seized Mecca’s Grand Mosque in 1979. (ANI)