By Fatik al-Rodaini
SANA'A: March 29, 2012- Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, put on Thursday new demands to release abducted Swiss woman, Sylvia Abrahat.
The group, which belongs to Ansar al-Sharia, demanded the immediate release of Osama bin Laden's wives, along with the release of 100 prisoners in Yemeni jails with links to Al-Qaeda, and demanding a ransom of 50 million Euros
A tribal source who has been mediating with Sylvia Abrahat kidnappers said that their demands were impossible.
The militants demanded the release of numerous widows in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia jails.
"Last week the group demanded the release of Al-Qaeda's leader widows from Pakistani jails in addition to numerous widows in Saudi Arabia jails," Ali Abdullah Zabara, a tribal mediation reported. Adding the Yemeni authorities refused their demands.
This week the militants put three main demands to free the Swiss woman; they demanded the release of Osama bin Laden's wives along with 100 prisoners in Yemeni jails with links to Al-Qaeda, and demanding a ransom of 50 million Euros.
The Swiss national, a language teacher, was kidnapped on March 14 in the western sea-port of Hodeida where officials admitted that a breakdown in security had allowed gangs and criminals to flourish.
Sylvia was transported by her abductors across 3 provinces to the oil-rich and restive Shabwa, where al-Qaeda militants have established yet another stronghold.
Kidnappings of Western tourists or workers by tribes seeking ransom or concessions from the government have been frequent in Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries. Most of the hostages have been freed unharmed.