Military Man Opens Fire on Worshipers [Archives:2000/49/Front Page]

December 4 2000

Security in Sanaa continues interrogating Yahia Ash-Shami, a colonel at the Ministry of Interior who had opened fire on worshipers at the Grand Mosque following Friday prayers claiming to be the saviour of Masses, wounding two persons, one in serious condition. Ash-Shami who was also having a hand grenade in addition to a pistol had stood in front of worshippers announcing to be their saviour. Asked to keep silence by some prayer performers, Ash-Shami pulled his gun and fired on them. He also tried then to throw his grenade at worshippers and ministers attending the prayers but security men managed to arrest him.
A government official said the man was suffering from psychological problems.