Political Analysis

Saudi Ambassador: Killers of diplomat first attempted a kidnapping

National Yemen

Assistant of Military Attaché of the Saudi embassy in Sana’a Khalid Shbaikan

BY NY Staff

Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Ali Al-Hamdan has reported that the armed men who recently killed a Saudi diplomat had in fact been trying to kidnap the man. According to Al-Hamdan, the kidnapping attempt resulted in the killing military assistant Khalid Shbekan and his guard.

“When they attempted to kidnap him, they ending up killing him and his security guard,” noted Al-Hamdan.  According to eyewitnesses, the Saudi diplomat fought back, which led the would-be kidnappers to open fire.

Al-Hamdan spoke about strict security procedures which had been arranged for the protection of Saudi diplomats. “We informed the Yemeni authorities of the necessity of enhancing security procedures around the Saudi Embassy in Sana’a and the Saudi Consulate in Aden,” he added.

He said that after having a meeting with Yemen’s Interior Minister, security authorities had promised to quickly take action and bring those responsible for the killings to justice. Although no one has yet claimed responsibility for the crime, the Saudi ambassador did not rule out Al-Qaeda militants as possible suspects.

The body of the diplomat was transported to Saudi Arabia for burial procedures to be completed. An official funeral was held at Sana’a Airport and was attended by the Interior and Defense Ministers, along with other influential figures.