Saturday, January 25, 2014

Yemen: Iranian Diplomat Found Beheaded in Ma'rib in Central Yemen

According to Reuters, an unnamed Iranian embassy security officer, who was also an accredited diplomat, who was kidnapped in the capital of Sana'a in July 2013, was found beheaded in central Yemen on Saturday (January 25), an unidentified government spokesperson said.
COMMENT: The official said the body was found in his vehicle in the oil fields known as Safer in Ma'rib province.  The condition of the body suggests that the diplomat was killed a day ago.
The security official is likely to have been beheaded elsewhere and then left in his car to be found. 
Ma'rib is located approximately 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Sana'a. The city has a population of 17,000. 

No one has claimed responsibility for the diplomat's beheading.

Whomever kidnapped the victim, it appears those who abducted him attempted to secure either a cash ransom or political concessions and finally beheaded him when Iran ignored their demands.

Most beheadings, even of devote Muslims, suggests a lack of respect and repugnancy for the victim.

This report will be updated as new information is received as to the motive.