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Saudi Diplomat Kidnapped!

Interesting Article: "Saudi diplomat kidnapped in south Yemen" by The Saudi Gazette / Sanaa published Thursday, March 29th, 2012

An interesting article mentioned that Saudi Arabia’s deputy consul was kidnapped on his way to work Wednesday in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, a Yemeni security official said. The gunmen snatched Abdullah Al-Khalidi as he was about to get into his car and they sped off with him in another vehicle, police in the city’s Mansoura District said. Would you like to know more?

A Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the abduction, saying: “It happened this morning. The embassy already contacted the highest security authority in Yemen. They are investigating and trying to find out the reason.” It was the first kidnapping of a Saudi diplomat in Yemen, where abductions are frequent and where armed tribesmen and Al-Qaeda-linked militants take hostages in an effort to swap them for prisoners or cash.

Security in the country’s second city, and in southern Yemen generally, has deteriorated during the political turmoil that began with mass protests against then-president Ali Abdullah Saleh in early 2011, and saw fighting among pro- and anti-Saleh factions of the military as well as tribal militias.

Kidnappings as a means of extortion by tribes are relatively frequent in Yemen, and Saudi diplomats have been targets before.

It is the second recent such kidnapping.

References:
http://www.scotsman.com/news/saudi-diplomat-held-by-yemeni-gunmen-1-2202128
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=20120329120598






 

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