Al Qaeda says it killed Amer­i­can for pros­e­ly­tiz­ing

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SANAA | Al Qaeda’s Ye­men branch said Thurs­day that it killed an Amer­i­can teacher be­cause he was try­ing to spread Chris­tian­ity in the mainly Mus­lim Arab na­tion.

Joel Shrum, 39, a na­tive of Mount Joy, Pa., was gunned down Sun­day in the cen­tral city of Taiz, where he had been liv­ing with his wife and two sons.

He was study­ing Ara­bic and teach­ing English at a lan­guage in­sti­tute.

The claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity, which was posted on a mil­i­tant web­site, comes as the ter­ror­ist net­work in­creas­ingly has sought to ex­ploit the po­lit­i­cal tur­moil in the Arab world’s most im­pov­er­ished na­tion.

“It was God’s gift for the mu­ja­hedeen to kill the Amer­i­can Joel Shrum who was ac­tively pros­e­ly­tiz­ing un­der the cover of teach­ing in Taiz,” said the state­ment by al Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula, as the ter­ror­ist net­work’s Ye­men branch is for­mally known.

The slain teacher had worked at the In­ter­na­tional Train­ing and De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter, which was es­tab­lished in the 1970s and is one of the old­est for­eign lan­guage in­sti­tutes in Ye­men.

Joel Shrum

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