The hunt is on in Yemen for suspected militants linked to al-Qaeda who carried out a deadly attack on a group of holidaymakers. Two Belgian women and their two Yemeni drivers were shot dead, and two others were wounded.
Only a week ago al Qaeda’s wing in Yemen vowed to launch attacks to win the release of jailed militants.
Yemen’s Minister of Tourism, Nabil Hasan Al-Faqih, said: “This was a cowardly terrorist attack, which can only have been committed by someone who lacks conscience and humanity.”
Belgium’s Foreign Minister, Karel de Gucht, has called on Yemen to do all it can to track down those responsible, and warned against travel to the country. “The risk level is four, which means dangerous,” he said. “Don’t go there [until you necessarily] have to go there and especially not in the region where the facts have occurred.”
In July a suicide bombing in Yemen killed seven Spanish tourists and wounded six others. The country is the ancestral home of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.