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Italian security officer kidnapped in Yemen

07-30-2012 15:11 BJT

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Gunmen have kidnapped an Italian embassy security officer in Yemen. The adbduction occured after around 100 armed tribesmen loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh stormed the Interior Ministry, demanding to be enlisted in the police force.

A police patrol vehicle is seen outside the Italian embassy in Sanaa July 29, 2012. Credit:
Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

A spokesman for the Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome says a crisis committee has been assembled to deal with the kidnapping, but declined to give further details. Earlier, the tribesmen briefly held Interior Ministry employees hostage.

Gunmen have kidnapped an Italian embassy security officer in Yemen.

They freed employees a few hours later but the gunmen continued to occupy the building. These incidents highlight the continuing turmoil in Yemen despite a peace deal under which Saleh stood down after months of protests against his 33-year rule and was replaced in February by his deputy, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.


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