Mar. 18 - An American teacher is shot and killed in Taiz, Yemen by motorcycle-riding gunmen linked to al Qaeda. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~** Motorcycle-riding gunmen linked to al Qaeda shot and killed an American teacher in the Yemeni city of Taiz Sunday. A police source said a gunman riding on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice shot a U.S. English language teacher who was also deputy director of the Swedish Institute language school. A witness describes what happened. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED WITNESS SAYING: "Two men were riding on a motorcycle. One of them opened fire at the car and killed a foreign man inside the car." Officials from the Institute identified the victim as Joel Shrun, who was born in 1983. The attacks underscore the challenges facing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who took office last month after a year of massive protests against his predecessor Ali Abdullah Saleh. The gunmen, who escaped after the attack, are believed to be linked to al Qaeda. A group affiliated with the militant network claimed responsibility. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters