A group calling itself the Organisation of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has released a statement claiming responsibility for the beheading of American engineer Paul Johnson in Saudi Arabia.
The full text of the statement follows.
The Almighty God said: God to Whom be ascribed all perfection and majesty said, "If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that they may remember." [Koranic Verse]
Praise be to God, and peace be upon the messenger of God, our Prophet Mohammad and upon his companions and followers:
In implementing what was promised, the mujahideen from (al-Falluja Brigade) have proceeded with the slaughtering of American prisoner (Paul Marshall [Johnson]) at the end of the period granted by the mujahideen to the tyrants' regime, so that this infidel gets his just punishment in this world before the final world and so that he may taste some of what Muslims, who were stricken by the US Apache helicopters and who have tasted and were tortured by the Apache's fire and missiles that this American infidel was the fourth of four to service and develop its electronic programmes in the land of the two holy mosques.
We are, with God's support, moving forward on this path, fighting the enemies of God, and waiting for them everywhere with the light of God's Book and the Sunnah of his Prophet, may Peace and Prayer be upon him, to avenge the believers in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula, and other Muslim nations and to humiliate the soldiers of polytheism and atheism, until the establishment of the Sharia, just, and monotheistic Nation.
We will do so, without giving heed to the discouragement of the deserters, and the croaking of those who fail, whom God exposed in such a situation, and whose voices were raised in anger for the capture and the killing of a Christian military person, at a time when he remained silent and was afraid to say a word to clear his conscience and support the weak amongst the Muslim prisoners, and those tortured at the hands of the worshippers of the cross and idols in Abu Ghraib, Al-Ha'ir, Guantanamo, Ruwayis and others.
As for the Americans, and their atheist criminal allies, who have formed a coalition to fight the Muslims, this act is to punish them and to teach them a lesson.
Let them rest assured that whoever comes to our countries from amongst them, this deterring punishment will be his fate.
God is the Giver of guidance who will show us the right path.
Organisation of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula