A video of al-Qaeda in Yemen threatening to execute a British-American journalist within three days was released yesterday.

Dual British-US citizen Luke Somers was kidnapped from Sanaa, capital of Yemen, on 17 September last year and he appears in the last seconds of a three-minute video featuring a speech by Sheikh Nasser al-Ansi, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Al-Ansi made a statement lasting more than two minutes directed towards the US government, which demands an end to drone strikes and troops.

Mr Somers, 33, then makes an appearance wearing a purple shirt, glasses and has a shaven head before saying: “I’m looking for any help that can get me out of this situation. I’m certain that my life is in danger.”

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