Written By: Observer Staff
Article Date: Dec 2, 2012 - 7:11:25 PM
Scene of Saudi diplomat's murder in south Sana'a.
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The investigation into the killing of the Saudi diplomat has revealed that tribesmen from Marib province were behind the murders, a security officer said.
The assistant military attaché at the Saudi embassy in Sana'a, Khaled Shabikan al-Anzi, and his Yemeni bodyguard from the military police, Jalal Shiban, were murdered on 28 November when gunmen fired upon them in the south of Sana’a.
The officer, speaking anonymously, said that an interior ministry team led by Deputy Interior Minister, Abdurrahman Hanash, discovered two days ago that the killers were from a Marib tribe. He said that they have links with al-Qaeda. “Following the attack, it’s reported that they fled to Marib al-Wadi (a district of Marib), and that they are still there.”
The officer did not reveal the identity of the tribesmen “so as not to prejudice the investigation”.
Al-Qaeda still holds captive a Saudi consul they kidnapped in mid March and have demanded a ransom of five million dollars for his release.
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