The Mitchells in Captivity: 10 Days and Counting [Archives:1998/17/Front Page]

April 27 1998

It was on Friday, April 17, when tribesmen from Al-Taher of Bani Dhabyan in Marib picked up David Mitchell, his wife and son, in Ma’abar as they were driving to Sanaa. David is the director of the British Council office in Aden.
UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has already written to Dr. Abdul-Karim Al-Iryani urging him to find a quick and peaceful solution to the problem.
While senior government and tribal leaders are working on the case, the army has encircled the region totally sealing it off. The tribe’s demands call for implementation of formerly promised development projects.