Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Saudi diplomat kidnapped in Yemen

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- Saudi Arabia's deputy consul was kidnapped in Yemen's southern port city of Aden Wednesday, two security officials there told CNN.

The diplomat, identified as Abdullah al-Khalidi, was taken by unknown gunmen near his residence in Rimi, in the Mansoora district, as he was entering his vehicle, the officials said.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency cited an official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry as saying al-Khalidi was seized by an armed group in front of his home.

The embassy immediately contacted Yemeni security authorities and all parties are investigating, the agency reported.

The Foreign Ministry "stresses that whoever the party that kidnapped him and whatever their motives, they bear the full responsibility to protect him and release him promptly," the agency said.

Saudi Arabia will take all measures to protect all its diplomats and staff, it added.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction. Read More