Al-Qaeda posts photo of Austrian hostages and issues ultimatum
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb on Friday released a photo showing the two Austrian tourists that were kidnapped on 29 February in Tunisia and also issued an ultimatum.
The photo, which was published on Islamist websites on the Internet, showed the two Austrians dressed in robes and surrounded by their captors who were armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
The terrorists also gave a three day ultimatum on the tourists.
"We announce with this statement that we ask Austria to release some of our men who are in prison in Tunisia and Algeria in exchange for the release of these two tourists," the militant group said.
They also said that they had given a list of the names of the group's prisoners to Vienna and that they would give the Austrian authorities three days, beginning Thursday, to respond.
The two hostages, who went missing last month during a trip to Tunisia, have been identified as Andrea Kloiber, 43, and Wolfgang Ebner, 51.
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