26_September [Archives:2008/1196/Press Review]

September 6 2008

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008
Top Stories

– Yemeni President and his Egyptian counterpart discuss efforts to fight piracy and terrorism

– Yemen's foreign Minister urges states overlooking Red Sea to cooperate for fighting piracy

– Dhamar Security Authorities foil attempt to kidnap U.S. family

Dhamar security authorities thwarted an attempt by armed men to abduct a US tourist and his family in the western part of the province on Thursday, the website reported.

The tourist and his family were in a Jeep, touring historical sites in Dhamar, some 100 kilometres south of the capital Sana'a, when three gunmen intercepted the car and tried to snatch them and their Yemeni driver, the website quoted the Interior Ministry as saying in a statement posted on its website.

It said that Dhamar security department intervened and foiled the kidnapping attempt and that no one was hurt.

The security department launched a search for the assailants, whose identities or motives were not immediately known, the ministry said.

The same source mentioned that a US diplomat, Robert Jeffery, aged 29, and filled the position of administrative attache of the US embassy to Yemen, had been injured in a traffic accident in the airport street of Yemeni capital, Sana'a.

It said that the US diplomat's car had been crashed by locomotive at Al-Jumonah roundabout in his way to Sana'a International Airport.

The source maintained also that the American national was critically injured and then transferred to Germen-Saudi hospital to receive medical treatment.

The source added that Sana'a Traffic Department seized the driver and his locomotive so as to proceed investigation in the incident.