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German Citizen Studying Arabic in Sana’a Kidnapped

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A German citizen studies Arabic in one of the Arabic language centers in Sana’a was kidnapped a day before yesterday.

Tribesmen telephoned journalists to inform them that the man who was kidnapped in Sana’a on Friday was being held by them within the Marib province, a tribal stronghold in the center of Yemen.

They also stated that they were detaining the German citizen with the demands of releasing two of their relatives who they believed were being held without charge.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi discussed with a German diplomat in Sanaa “ongoing efforts by the interior ministry and security forces to secure his safe release and bring the abductors to justice,” state-run Saba news agency reported Sunday.

The Germen citizen, in his 60s, is believed to be taken to Marib by tribal men who mostly kidnap foreigners for the sake of money.  Hundreds of people have been kidnapped in Yemen over the past 15 years, mostly by tribesmen who use them as bargaining chips in disputes with the government.

The political and security situation in Yemen is fragile due to the massive spread of gunmen with the absence of security control and the poor situation of soldiers in front of the aggressive power of the Shaikh’s and armed citizens. Military check points are countless in the capital Sana’s and in the access points of the cities but none of these check points are doing the appropriate jobs to prevent the kidnapping cases.

All the kidnapped cases have been freed unharmed. Last October a German diplomat was killed in the parking lot adjacent to al-Jandool supermarket on Hadda Street in Sana’a by anonymous gunmen.

The diplomat, who had been shopping in the market, was killed while returning to his Mercedes armed vehicle parked in the lot.