The 33-year-old was reportedly captured by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a in September 2013. Somers briefly appears at the end of the three minute video relaying this message:
“My name is Luke Somers. I’m 33 years old. I was born in England, but I carry American citizenship and have lived in America for most of my life. It’s now been well over a year since I’ve been kidnapped in Sana’a. Basically, I’m looking for any help that can get me out of this situation. I’m certain that my life is in danger. So as I sit here now, I ask if anything can be done, please let it be done. Thank you very much.”
The video, which was first reported by the terrorist monitoring service — SITE Intelligence Group — shows AQAP official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi threatening to execute Somers in three days if the U.S. government did not meet the group’s demands. He did not elaborate on what these “well known” demands were.