Bin Laden blames French "injustice" for abductions-TV
27 Oct 2010
By Erika Solomon
* Says French "injustices" prompted kidnappings
* Demands French withdrawal from Afghanistan (Adds France's reaction, paragraph 7)
DUBAI, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden said the kidnapping of five French nationals in Niger last month had been prompted by France's unjust treatment of Muslims, in an audio message aired on Al Jazeera television on Wednesday.
"How is it right for you to occupy our countries and kill our women and children and expect to live in peace and security?" a speaker who sounded like bin Laden said in the message directed to the French people.
"The equation is clear: you are killed as you kill and abducted as you abduct, and as you damage our security we damage your security."