A new audio message purportedly from al Qaeda’s second in command surfaced Thursday on radical Islamist websites, calling for revenge for a Pakistani scientist convicted of attempting to kill Americans in Afghanistan.
A U.S. court sentenced Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years in prison in September after an American jury convicted her this year on seven charges, including attempted murder and armed assault on U.S. officers.
In Thursday’s audio recording, the speaker identified as Ayman al-Zawahiri says his message — titled “who will come to the aid of scientist Aafia Siddiqui” — is two-fold.
‘In regards to my message to America, I say, go ahead and judge, because you are only judging yourselves. … Attack others because in return, you will only be attacking yourselves,” he says. “By the lord of heaven and earth, we will fight you until the hour of the judgment day comes or until you stop your crimes against us.”