9 Abducted Foreigners, Including 3 Children, Found Dead in Yemen
Jihadists murder hostages in Yemen
- Robert Spencer explains the inevitable ‘nothing to do with Islam’ apologies:
‘Umdat al-Salik, a manual of Islamic jurisprudence certified by Al-Azhar University in Cairo (the most respected authority in Sunni Islam) as conforming “to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community,” lays out four options for hostages: “When an adult male is taken captive, the caliph considers the interests … (of Islam and the Muslims) and decides between the prisoner’s death, slavery, release without paying anything, or ransoming himself in exchange for money or for a Muslim captive held by the enemy” (o9.14).
“Foreign hostages found dead in Yemen,” fromÂ AAP, June 15Â
Seven out of nine foreign hostages including a child were found murdered in northern Yemen on Monday, security officials said.“We have found the corpses of seven people who were kidnapped,” a local security official said. “They were killed.”
Two of the three children captured with the group were reportedly found alive.
The bodies were found by the son of a tribal leader in Noshour, east of the volatile Saada mountainous area of northern Yemen where the nine were abducted, the official said.
The authorities had accused Shi’ite Zaidi rebels in Saada of seizing seven Germans, a British engineer and a South Korean woman teacher. The rebels denied the charge.
The nine – among them three German children and two women nurses – belong to an international relief group that has been working at a hospital in Saada province bordering Saudi Arabia for 35 years, a local official said on Sunday….
The nine foreigners, including seven German nationals, a Briton and a South Korean, disappeared last week while on a picnic in the “restive” northern Saada region of Yemen.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, announced the discovery of the remaining six bodies Monday after three others had been found mutilated earlier in the day.
Yemen, the poorest nation in the Middle East, is home to restive tribes, a Shiite rebellion, as well as a branch of Al Qaeda which operates in its remote regions and has often targeted foreigners as well as the U.S. embassy.
Shepherds roaming the area found the the remains of three of the women in the mountainous northern Saada province near the town of el-Nashour, known as a hideout for Al Qaeda militants, the official said.
In Berlin, the Foreign Ministry said it could not confirm the reports that the Germans had been killed. A spokesman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said that a ministry crisis team and the German embassy in San’a were working together to try and get more details.
Yemeni authorities said the group included a German doctor, his wife and their three children, as well as a Briton and his South Korean wife and two other German nationals. They were all working in a hospital in Saada, the state news agency said.
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry identified their national by her family name, Eom, and said she is a 34-year-old aid worker in Yemen.
Chantel Mortimer, the press officer at the British Embassy, expressed concern and said that the embassy is seeking information about the rest of the hostages including the British one.
“We are very concerned that bodies were found. We are seeking further details,” she said.
The killing of hostages is not common in Yemen, where tribesmen often kidnap foreigners to press the government on a range of demands, including a ransom, but usually release them unharmed. Kidnapping involving Al Qaeda, however, have been lethal for the hostages in the past.
A tribal leader in the area, who also spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason as the security official, blamed Al Qaeda for the Friday abduction and the killing.
In March, four South Korean tourists in Yemen died in an apparent homicide bombing blamed on Al Qaeda.
Earlier, the Yemeni government had accused a Shiite rebel group in Saada, led by Abdel Malak al-Hawthi, but the group issued a statement saying it has not been involved in any abductions of foreigners.
Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden, had long been a haven for Islamic militants and was the scene of the October 2000 homicide bombing of the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors.
Yemen is also the Arab world’s poorest nation â€” and one of its most unstable â€” making it fertile territory for Al Qaeda to set up camp.
Nine missing foreigners in Yemen have all turned up dead, a Yemeni official said Monday, apparently executed by their kidnappers in the impoverished nation in the Arabian peninsula.