Al Qaeda offers gold bounty for US ambassador in Yemen

The US-backed military in Yemen is embroiled in a fight with al Qaeda-linked militants. Credit: Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi / Reuters

Al Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen have pledged to give three kilograms of gold - worth around £100,000 - to anyone who can kill the US ambassador in Sanaa.

An audio message posted on militant websites also offered around £15,000 for the head of any American soldier found fighting in the country.

A statement from the al Malahem Foundation, reported by the Associated Press, said the bounties would be valid for six months and were issued to "inspire and encourage our Muslim nation for jihad."