Leder av al-Qaida, Ayman Zawahiri, advarer USA mot å henrette Boston-terroristen Dsjokhar Tsarnajev, og sier det vil være en handling USA vil angre.
Tsarnajev ble dømt til døden ved injeksjon i fjor. Han og broren Tamerlane sprengte gassbeholdere med spiker og bolter ved mållinjen for Boston Marathon i 2013, Tre mennesker ble drept og 260 såret.
“If the US administration kills our brother the hero Dzhokhar Tsarnaev or any Muslim,” Zawahri said in an online video, “[it] will bring America’s nationals the gravest consequences.”
The younger sibling spoke publicly only once since his capture, telling the Boston court that sentenced him: “I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you for the damage I have done – irreparable damage.”
Zawahri urged Muslims to take captive as many westerners as possible, especially those whose countries had joined the “Crusaders’ Campaign led by the United States”.
The Egyptian-born militant, sitting in front of green drapes, urged sympathizers to hold “crusaders” hostage in order to bargain for Muslim prisoners’ release. He said that western nations “only understand the language of force”.
Tsarnaev is being held at a high-security prison in Florence, Colorado, while his attorneys appeal the death sentence. The legal struggle over his ultimate fate could last decades: since 1998, US authorities have executed only three of the 74 people sentenced to death for federal crimes.