Five UN employees abducted in Abyan

Five UN employees abducted in Abyan

An official in the United Nations office in Yemen has announced that five employees of the United Nations in Abyan governorate, southern Yemen, have been abducted.

An international news agency quoted Russell Geekie, a spokesman for the top UN official in Yemen, as saying that the United Nations confirmed the kidnapping of five of its employees on Friday in Abyan governorate.

Geekie explained that the five employees were on their way back to the city of Aden “after completing a field mission.”

“The United Nations is in close contact with the authorities to secure their release,” he added.

Meanwhile, Yemeni local reports said that Al-Qaeda is suspected of having intercepted a UN vehicle in the Mudiyah district, east of Abyan governorate, and kidnapped the UN officials.

Abyan governorate, which is under the control of Saudi and UAE occupation forces, is suffering from ongoing activities of terrorist organisations.