Japanese diplomat stabbed in Yemen

A Japanese diplomat was wounded after assailants stabbed him in a botched kidnapping attempt not far from the Japanese mission in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

The envoy, a consul and second secretary, suffered stab wounds to his forearm and shoulder in the attack, a security official said on condition of anonymity.

The diplomat, identified by Yemeni media as Katsusuke Sotomini, was driving through the neighborhood of Hadda when an unspecified number of armed robbers tried to get into his vehicle. The assailants reportedly stabbed him when he fought back and later fled with the diplomat’s car.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Masaru Sato confirmed the attack on Sunday and said a safety warning has been issued to Japanese tourists and residents in the area, a scene of recent spate of attacks on foreigners by al-Qaida-linked militants.

“We are still in the process of confirming and gathering information about the attack,” Sato said without giving further details.

The consul was taken to the Saudi-Germany Hospital in Sanaa where he was being treated for “multiple injuries”. His wounds were not serious, doctors said.

“We will keep him for observation to continue the treatment,” Dr. Atiq al-Maori said. “His medical situation is stable.”

By Maesie Bertumen

Image: inu-photo/Flickr

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