Yemen: Two South African tourists kidnapped

Posted on May 28, 2013 • Filed under: Middle East, Tourist Kidnapped reports that gunmen abducted two South African citizens on Monday in Yemen’s second largest city, Taiz, and police said a lawmaker was behind the kidnapping to pressure the government to hand over a disputed piece of land. It was the latest twist in Yemen’s bumpy road to democracy after more than three decades of autocratic rule that ended with long-time President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ouster in an uprising last year. The country’s new president is struggling to unify the country and its armed forces in the face of resistance from an active Al Qaida branch in Yemen and powerful tribes. Read article

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