by Tolu Orekoya
The North African Al’Qaeda branch Al’Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb (AQIM) posted a statement online on Monday concerning the death of German citizen, Edgar Raupach.
Raupach was kidnapped, and held hostage in Kano state by suspected Boko Haram terrorists, but was killed by his captors when a rescue attempt was made by Nigerian security forces. He was shot and stabbed as security forces tried to complete the mission to retrieve him.
AQIM released a statement saying that Germany had given the go ahead to Nigerian forces to breach their holdings when they (AQIM) were “keen to peacefully settle the issue” as long as their demands were met, according to The Vanguard newspaper.
Their statement read in part:
“We say to the family of the German citizen Edgar Fritz Raupach, the blood of your son hangs from the neck of your government,” according to a SITE translation of the statement.
According to Vanguard, the statement added that Germany must “correct” its handling of Muslims, “because your security and the security of your citizens are contingent upon the security of Muslims and the respect for their sanctities”.
It is the third in a series of failed missions to save foreign hostages held in Nigeria, and
“This method of foolishness in dealing with the hostages issues has proven its failure and led in all cases to the killing of the hostages and many soldiers, while the serious negotiation style proved successful and led to their release,” it said.