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Yemen troops free kidnapped Italian, driver

Yemeni troops freed an Italian UN staffer and his driver on Tuesday just hours after their abduction from a diplomatic district of Sanaa, the interior ministry said. The kidnappers were stopped at a checkpoint on the outskirts and the hostages were freed, a ministry official told AFP. The UN staffer and his chauffeur were said to be "in good health." The two had initially been identified as a Western diplomat and a female companion. mou/mh/kir/al

Gunmen kidnap Western diplomat in Yemen capital

Gunmen kidnapped a Western diplomat and a woman accompanying him in the Yemeni capital on Tuesday and drove them off to an unknown destination, a diplomatic source and witnesses said. The pair were travelling in a car in the heavily patrolled Hada district of south Sanaa, where several embassies are located, when they were intercepted by the kidnappers, the sources said. There was no immediate word on the diplomat's nationality or the identity of the woman.

Army-separatist clash kills 8 in south Yemen

Five Yemeni soldiers and three southern separatists died in a gun battle Tuesday in the city of Daleh, as secessionists mount their campaign against the Sanaa government. A military official said that gunmen ambushed an army convoy near the office of the local government in the southern city, attacking the military vehicles with anti-tank rockets and automatic rifles. They "killed five soldiers, including an officer, and wounded five others," the official told AFP. A southern activist said that three of his comrades died in the clash.

Yemen explosion hits military bus, wounds 13

A bomb planted on a military bus exploded Tuesday in the Yemeni capital, wounding 13 passengers, a day after multiple blasts rocked Sanaa, a military official said. The explosion targeted a bus transporting soldiers and officers in the southern Dar Salam neighbourhood, the official said, adding that four of the wounded were in critical condition. The attack is the latest in a series of bombs and shootings targeting military personnel in Yemen, which is struggling to achieve a political transition that aims to turn the republic into a federation.

Explosion hits bus carrying Yemeni soldiers: police, witnesses

SANAA (Reuters) - An explosion hit a bus carrying Yemeni soldiers in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday causing several casualties, a police source and witnesses said. The police source said eight people had been wounded, three of whom were in critical condition.

Second European abducted in unrest-hit Yemen

Gunmen on Monday kidnapped a European oil employee in Sanaa, hours after Yemen's capital was rocked by overnight explosions, in the second abduction of a Westerner in four days. The renewed violence in the capital comes as the government struggles to end fighting between Shiite Huthis and powerful tribesmen in the north, and seeks to turn the Arab republic into a federation. An oil sector official said the latest kidnap victim was a Briton who worked in the industry, although there was no immediate confirmation of this.

Gunmen kidnap British national in Yemeni capital

Gunmen kidnapped a British oil-sector employee in the Yemeni capital on Monday, witnesses and an industry official told AFP, the second abduction of a foreigner in Yemen since Friday. "Gunmen in a car kidnapped the British man at around 9:00 am (0600 GMT) near a grocery store in Hada," a tightly-patrolled district in central Sanaa, the official told AFP. Witnesses said the kidnappers struck the Briton on the head with the butt of a rifle, before driving him away towards an unknown location. The British embassy could not immediately confirm the reported abduction.

Gunmen kidnap British national in Yemeni capital

Gunmen kidnapped a British oil-sector employee in the Yemeni capital on Monday, witnesses and an industry official told AFP, the second abduction of a foreigner in Yemen since Friday. The British national was seized in the tightly-patrolled Hada district in central Sanaa, just three days after a tribesman kidnapped a German citizen and after overnight explosions rocked Sanaa, two of them near the French embassy. mou-tm/lyn/hkb

Yemeni official says diplomat's body found, but Iranian report denies it

SANAA (Reuters) - An Iranian embassy official kidnapped in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in July was found beheaded in central Yemen on Saturday, a provincial official said. But Iran's Student News Agency (ISNA) quoted an Iranian embassy official as denying that the headless body belonged to the missing employee, kidnapped by armed men while he was travelling through the diplomatic quarter of Sanaa in July.

Gunmen wound Iran diplomat in Yemen capital: police, medic

Unknown assailants wounded an Iranian diplomat in a drive-by shooting outside the ambassador's residence in the Yemeni capital on Saturday, police and a medic said. "Unidentified assailants in a van fired on the diplomat three times as he was leaving the ambassador's residence near a shopping centre in Hadda," the main diplomatic district of Sanaa, a police source told AFP. A medic at the capital's Modern German Hospital said the diplomat had been hit in the shoulder and was in a stable condition. mou/tm/kir/dv
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