Al-Qaeda Offers Rare Public Apology for Assault on a Hospital

Regional commander promises "blood money" for victims' families

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A Yemeni man reacts after viewing the body of a relative at a hospital a day after a suicide attack that targeted the Yemeni Defense Ministry, in the capital Sanaa, on December 6, 2013.

Al-Qaeda’s regional commander for the Arabian Peninsula has offered a rare public apology for an assault on a hospital that killed 52 people.

“We rid ourselves of what our brother did,” Qassim al-Rimi said in a videotaped message posted to militant websites on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. He said that the target of the attack was a Defense Ministry compound in Sanaa, Yemen, and that a stray gunman had stormed into an adjacent hospital against his orders. “We accept full responsibility for what happened in the hospital and will pay blood money for the victims’ families,” al-Rimi said.

Public outrage peaked when horrific surveillance videos of the attack aired on state television.





Al-Qaeda is playing a game with Islam, mostly time they're killing innocent of people. suicide are strictly prohibited according to holy Quran.

Quran 4:93. But whoever kills a believer intentionally – his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great punishment.

Quran 4:29-30 O you who have believed, do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly but only [in lawful] business by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful. And whoever does that in aggression and injustice – then We will drive him into a Fire. And that, for Allah, is [always] easy.

Quran 5: 32. Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one– it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And Our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.

Quran 72: 14 And among us are Muslims [in submission to Allah], and among us are the unjust. And whoever has become Muslim – those have sought out the right course….