Al-Qaeda leader chillingly urges followers to kidnap westerners

t1larg.alzawahiri.afp.ginews545f4s5f4sThe leader of Al-Qaeda has urged jihadists throughout the world to kidnap westerners – just days after two men tried to bundle an RAF serviceman into a van at knifepoint.

Speaking in Arabic, Egyptian doctor Ayman Al-Zawahiri released a video last night urging terrorists to abduct westerners and use them as bargaining chips to free jailed militants.