[QODLink]
Middle East

Embassy says Japan diplomat stabbed in Yemen

Assailants stab a Japanese diplomat in Yemen as victim drove his car in the capital Sanaa, embassy said.

Last updated: 15 Dec 2013 10:26
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The unnamed Japanese diplomat is currently in hospital [Al Jazeera]

Assailants stabbed a Japanese diplomat in Yemen as the victim drove his car in the capital Sanaa, scene of a recent spate of attacks on foreigners, the embassy said.

The consul and second secretary at the embassy suffered five stab wounds in the Sunday morning attack as he drove through the neighbourhood of Hadda, an embassy spokesman said.

It was unclear if the attack was an attempt to kidnap the diplomat.

"He is ok now. He is in hospital," said the spokesman, who declined to disclose the name of the consul.

The spokesman said he had been driving ahead of the consul, but when he arrived at the embassy, he discovered that the consul was no longer following.

The diplomats had been driving without any guards, he added.

In late November, unidentified gunmen killed a Belarussian defence contractor and wounded another in an attack outside their hotel in Sanaa.

149

Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lacking cohesive local ground forces to attack in tandem, coalition air strikes will have limited effect, experts say.
Hindu right-wing groups run campaign against what they say is Muslim conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Islam.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
Muslim caretakers maintain three synagogues in eastern Indian city, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community.
Amid fresh ISIL gains, officials in Anbar province have urged the Iraqi government to request foreign ground troops.