Al-Qaida kidnaps 2 Canadian diplomats in Niger

Al-Qaida claims responsibility for kidnapping of two Cdn diplomats in Niger

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CAIRO, Egypt — Al-Jazeera has aired a recording purportedly from al-Qaida's North African branch claiming responsibility for the kidnapping of two Canadian diplomats in Niger and four western tourists in Mali.

The two Canadian diplomats, UN envoy Robert Fowler and his aide Louis Guay, went missing in the West African country of Niger in December.

Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb is based in Algeria. The audio recording broadcast Tuesday night is said to be of its spokesman, Salah Abu Mohammed.

He also claims responsibility for the kidnapping of four tourists in January: a Briton, a German and two Swiss.

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"We announce to the general public that the mujahedeen (holy warriors) reserve the right to deal with the six kidnapped according to Islamic Shariah law," the group's purported spokesman, Salah Abu Mohammed, said in an audio recording broadcast on Al-Jazeera television Tuesday night .

One wonders what breach of Sharia law they are alleging has taken place that requires dealing with. In fact isn't kidnapping a extortion a breach of Sharia law? Have I exposed a hypocrisy in a ravings of a religious loony?