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Wounded Iranian Diplomat Dies in Yemen

Politics - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham announced that the Iranian diplomat who was shot by unknown assailants in Sana’a on Saturday has succumbed to his injuries.

Afkham expressed deep regret over the death of the Iranian diplomat in the Yemeni capital, and said, “The Iranian diplomat, who was attacked by unknown gunmen, has died due to severe injuries.”

The Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman pointed to the terrorist attack in Sana’a, and explained, “A terrorist group attacked an Iranian embassy’s diplomat in a Sana’a street and tried to kidnap him, but due to the resistance shown by the diplomat they have started shooting.”

Afkham strongly condemned the Saturday terrorist attack on the Iranian diplomat, and said, “Iran is seriously following up the terrorist attack with the concerned Yemeni officials.”

Gunmen fired shots at a car belonging to the Iranian embassy near the ambassador's residence in Yemen's capital Sana'a on Saturday, seriously wounding a diplomat, security sources said.

The ambassador was not in the car at the time of the attack, the sources said, Reuters reported.

Arabic news channel Al Jazeera said a diplomat was killed, but security sources told Reuters he was in a serious condition after being injured.

The gunmen fled, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
 

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