Yemeni armed tribesmen kidnap Uzbekistani doctor

09:53, March 01, 2011      

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A group of armed tribesmen kidnapped on Monday a Uzbekistani doctor from Ataq town hospital in Yemen's southeast province of Shabwa, a local police officer told Xinhua, while another security source said the doctor is Russian.

Abdul-Hamid John, an Uzbekistani doctor, was taken hostage by armed tribal extremists from a hospital in Ataq town, the provincial capital of Shabwa, the officer told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The kidnappers were from Al-Mahfad district of neighboring Abyan province, to the west of Shabwa, where al-Qaida militants are active in both provinces, according to the officer.

The officer said police received the demands of the kidnappers, in which they asked for the compensation from the government to the families of 45 people, who were killed by suspected U.S. air strike in Al-Majala district of Abyan in late 2009.

Another security source in Ataq told Xinhua that the kidnapped doctor is a Russian.

Source: Xinhua
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