Ayman al-Zawahiri says Al-Qa’ida ‘doesn’t kill innocents’

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qa’eda’s second in command, has defended the group’s terror tactics and insisted that Osama bin Laden is in good health.The ninety-minute audio interview, released on Wednesday with a 46-page English transcript, was the first installment of answers to a raft of online questions submitted on extremist websites.

“We haven’t killed the innocents, not in Baghdad nor in Morocco, nor in Algeria, nor anywhere else,” he said, according to the transcript, in response to the question “excuse me, Mr Zawahiri, but who is it who is killing with Your Excellency’s blessing the innocents in Baghdad, Morocco and Algeria?”

“If there is any innocent who was killed in the Mujahideen’s operations, then it was either an unintentional error or out of necessity,” Zawahiri added, saying that it was al-Qa’eda’s enemies who killed the innocent, “intentionally [taking] up positions in the midst of the Muslims for them to be human shields for him”.



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