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To østerrikere som forsvant fra Tunisia i midten av februar, blir holdt som gisler av Al Qaida i Maghreb, kunngjorde gruppen mandag i et lydopptak som ble kringkastet av Al Jazeera. Grunnen til kidnappingen var Vestens støtte til Israel.

man who identified himself as Salah Abu Mohammed said in the recording that the terrorist group kidnapped the two Austrians on Feb. 22 in retribution for Western cooperation with Israel, but said the hostages were in good health.

«We tell Western tourists that at the same time they are flowing into Tunisian lands seeking joy, our brothers are being slain in Gaza by the Jews with the collaboration of the Western states,» said Abu Mohammed.

«The mujahideen have previously warned and alerted them that the apostate Tunisian state cannot and will not be able to protect you, and the hands of the mujahideen can reach you wherever you are on the Tunisian soil.»

Det er snakk om Wolfgang Ebner (51) og venninnen Andrea Kloiber.

Al-Qaida: 2 Austrian tourists kidnapped