9 Missing Foreigners Found Dead in Yemen

Hospital workers had been picnicking; al-Qaeda blamed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 15, 2009 9:27 AM CDT
9 Missing Foreigners Found Dead in Yemen
In this 2008 file photo, Yemeni army soldiers patrol the street in front of the US Embassy after an attack by militants with suspected links to al-Qaeda against the embassy in San'a.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Nine missing foreigners, including three children, have been found dead in Yemen today, their bodies mutilated, a security official said. The foreigners, including seven Germans, a Briton, and a South Korean, disappeared Friday while on a picnic in the turbulent northern Saada region. Shepherds roaming the area found some remains near a town known as a hideout for al-Qaeda militants.

The foreigners had been working at a hospital in the region, state news reported. Yemen, the poorest nation in the Middle East, is home to restive tribes, a Shiite rebellion, and a division of al-Qaeda that operates in its remote regions and has often targeted foreigners. A tribal leader in the area blamed al-Qaeda for the abduction and killings.
(Read more al-Qaeda stories.)

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