Death in a Supermarket [Archives:1998/12/Local News]

March 23 1998

City Center on Hadda road was probably Yemen’s first 24-hour supermarket. Very early one morning during last week, a shifty-looking character with a load of goods hidden on his person sailed through one of the checkpoints without paying. When confronted by the store’s security, the man refused to pay and was quite aggressive in his attitude, pulling out his janbia. A security man just pulled his pistol and fired at point-blank range, fatally wounding the man.
The tribe of the deceased man received blood money from the store owners for their “lost son,” and the supermarket started closing at midnight.