Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri on Thursday called on followers to attack Saudi Arabia and its allies in retaliation for the country's execution of 43 members of the terrorist network.
In an audio recording that was posted on a jihadist website, al-Zawahri also called for the overthrow of the US-allied Saudi government.
"Here is Saudi Arabia, the killer of mujahdin [holy warriors], exposing a new crime against jihad for the benefit of the US and Israel," al-Zawahri said.
"The best revenge for your brothers is to target the Crusader-Zionist alliance [the US and Israel] and hunt down its interests wherever you can," he said in the seven-minute recording.
"What hurts Al Saud the most is that their masters are struck," he added, referring to the Saudi rulers.
On January 2, Saudi authorities executed 47 people for terrorism and incitement to violence. Among them were 43 convicted of terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia in the early 2000s.
The four others were Shiites, including Saudi dissident cleric Nimr al-Nimr.