Written By: Elena White
Article Date: May 14, 2012 - 9:57:55 PM
Our correspondent received news on Saturday that an armed group attempted to kidnap the Bulgarian ambassador to Yemen on Saturday evening in the capital, Sana’a. Eye witnesses said that a group of armed men which according to the authorities could be linked to al-Qaeda tried to abduct the diplomat, a trend which sadly has been plaguing Yemen for the past few months.
Ever since the departure from power of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, al-Qaeda fighters have used a breaking down in the security apparatus to spread chaos and lawlessness through the provinces, kidnapping foreigners and diplomats to use as bargain chips for the release of their own militants from jail or for large sums of money.
What is now most disturbing is the fact that those militias are now acting in broad day light in vast populous areas, proving say security analysts that they have been emboldened by their previous successes.
The Bulgarian ambassador who was enjoying an evening out with his family was attacked in front of the Sana’a Trading Center, Sana’a biggest shopping mall. Despite the presence of security guards and many police officers in the vicinity, the armed still attempted the kidnapping proving of their new found boldness.
It is the third time in two weeks that alleged al-Qaeda militants are operating at the heart of the Yemeni capital.
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