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Posted: 12/29/2005 5:26:56 AM EDT
www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,180042,00.html

... The five missing Germans — identified by a spokesman for Germany's Foreign Ministry as former Deputy Foreign Minister Juergen Chrobog, his wife and three children — were traveling as tourists in a two-car convoy when a group of gunmen surrounded their vehicles, forced them into the kidnappers' cars and sped off, said government officials in Shabwa, the province where the incident occurred. The German official spoke on customary condition of anonymity, and the Yemeni officials were not authorized to speak to the press. Members of the tribe involved in the kidnapping, who likewise refused to be named, also said a former German deputy foreign minister was among the captives. ...

Tribesmen frequently kidnap tourists in an attempt to force concessions from the government in Yemen, a poor, mountainous nation on the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula where state control in outlying areas is shaky. Hostages are usually released unharmed, but several were killed in 2000 when security forces carried out a botched raid to free them. ...

Oh no, we must understand the tribesmen. They only commit crimes because they are poor and backwards.
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