Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

FASHION

Jean-Marc Loubier, bags and shoes.

Read more

ENCORE!

Hip-hop musician Beat Assailant on mixing the sounds of the city

Read more

  • French journalist tells of release from captivity in Syria

    Read more

  • South Korea ferry captain defends decision to delay evacuation

    Read more

  • Scores killed in South Sudan cattle raid

    Read more

  • PSG clinch fourth League Cup title after beating Lyon

    Read more

  • Le Pen’s National Front fail to woo Britain’s Eurosceptics

    Read more

  • In pictures: French kite festival takes flight

    Read more

  • VIDEO: Anti-Semitic leaflets in Eastern Ukraine condemned

    Read more

  • In pictures: Good Friday celebrated across the globe

    Read more

  • Bouteflika, the ghost president

    Read more

  • Does Valls’ upcoming Vatican trip violate French secularism?

    Read more

  • Ukraine separatists say ‘not bound’ by Geneva deal

    Read more

  • Abel Ferrara’s hotly awaited DSK film to premiere on web

    Read more

  • Obama signs bill to block controversial Iran diplomat from UN post

    Read more

  • Ukraine: ‘One bloody incident could scupper Geneva deal’

    Read more

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet that could support life

    Read more

  • Indian election: Votes for sale

    Read more

  • World honours Garcia Marquez’s magical literary legacy

    Read more

  • In pictures: Iranian woman pardons son’s killer at the gallows

    Read more

  • Algeria's ailing Bouteflika clinches fourth term amid fraud claims

    Read more

  • Top Hollande adviser resigns over conflict of interest accusation

    Read more

  • West African Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of virus

    Read more

Middle east

Frenchman wounded in Yemen machine-gun attack

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-05-01

A French security official working for energy company Total was wounded and a Yemeni soldier killed when suspected al Qaeda-linked gunmen attacked their vehicle in the eastern province of Sayun on Tuesday. The Frenchman is in a stable condition.

REUTERS - Suspected al Qaeda-linked gunmen killed a Yemeni man working for Total on Tuesday and wounded a Frenchman and another Yemeni employee of the French oil group, a Total security official said.

The attack took place as they were driving from an oil field in eastern Hadramout province to an airport in the town of Seiyun.

“They were on their way to Seiyun airport. They were 2 km (1.2 miles) northeast of Seiyun when the car came under attack by five masked gunmen with rifles,” the Total official said.

“We don’t know the identity of the gunmen but we suspect it was al Qaeda.”

A year of political upheaval that eventually unseated former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has emboldened militants in Yemen where they have seized swathes of territory and carried out scores of attacks.

In a video posted on Tuesday, a Swiss woman kidnapped in Yemen in March said that she was being held by al Qaeda and asked Swiss authorities to help her.

Yemen is a small crude oil producer but instability on its territory is a potential risk to global trade because of its location on the Bab al-Mandab strait, a crucial trading route linking Asia, Europe and the Americas.

The Total official said the Yemeni who died was an escort soldier and had been sitting in the front passenger seat.

The Frenchman, who was seated in the back of the vehicle, received a gunshot to the leg. His Yemeni colleague, sitting beside him, was in a critical condition, having been shot three times in the chest.

Yemen’s foreign ministry said the attack had been carried out by “terrorists”, in a text message sent to Reuters.

Date created : 2012-05-01

  • Yemen

    French Red Cross worker kidnapped in Yemen

    Read more

  • YEMEN

    Sanaa airport closed after threats from Saleh allies

    Read more

  • YEMEN

    Gunmen kidnap Saudi diplomat in Yemen

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)