Yemen says foiled Al-Qaeda bid to kidnap UAE envoy

By Fouad Mosaad, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yemen's Interior Ministry said Wednesday it had thwarted an attempt by Al-Qaeda militants to kidnap United Arab Emirates Ambassador Khaled al-Housi

Yemen's Interior Ministry said Wednesday it had thwarted an attempt by Al-Qaeda militants to kidnap United Arab Emirates Ambassador Khaled al-Housi

SANAA – Yemen's Interior Ministry said Wednesday it had thwarted an attempt by Al-Qaeda militants to kidnap United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador Khaled al-Housi.

Speaking at a press conference in Sanaa, the ministry's Brig. Gen. Mohamed al-Qaeidi said six militants – including two affiliated with Al-Qaeda – had planned to kidnap the diplomat but that security forces had foiled the attempt based on intelligence.

Yemeni security agencies also nabbed members of a gang that had kidnapped Saudi nationals and threatened Saudi embassy employees, al-Qaeidi added, giving no further details.

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries. In March, the government said it had arrested members of a group that used to kidnap foreigners in Sanaa before selling them on to militant groups, including Al-Qaeda.

Yemen has remained in a state of relative chaos since the ouster of long-serving president Ali Abdullah Saleh in early 2012 as part of the "Arab Spring" uprisings.

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