Al-Qaeda Yemen: Kill US Envoy, Get $160K in Gold
Terror group also offers $23K for killing any US soldier
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 30, 2012 7:10 AM CST
A Yemeni army helicopter airlifts the US and other ambassadors out of a besieged embassy in Sanaa in this 2011 file photo. Al-Qaeda has offered a bounty of 3 kilograms of gold for killing the US ambassador.   (AP Photo/APTN)

(Newser) – Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen has announced that it will pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the US ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country. An audio tape produced by the group's media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites yesterday offered three kilograms of gold—worth $160,000—for killing the ambassador.

The group said it will pay $23,000 to anyone who kills an American soldier inside Yemen. It did not say how the bounty could be collected, but said the offer is valid for six months. The bounties were set to "inspire and encourage our Muslim nation for jihad," the statement said. Washington considers al-Qaeda in Yemen to be the group's most dangerous branch.