Kidnapping Attempt in Taiz [Archives:2000/01/Local News]

January 3 2000

A French couple’s car was attacked on Friday, December 31, 1999, near the Al-Qahirah Citadel in Taiz in an attempt to kidnap them. The kidnapper engaged in a fight with the driver of the car carrying the tourists and was seriously injured. Soon people hurried to the scene and arrested the attacker, who was discovered to be from Marib. The French woman told the policemen that the man who tried to kidnap them seemed to suffer from a mental disease as his facial expressions showed. She criticized the government for allowing such people to carry weapons in Taiz, which should be a relatively secure place.