SANAA, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni gunmen shot dead a German national working as security officer at the German embassy in Yemen's capital of Sanaa on Sunday, a police official told Xinhua.
"Three gunmen in a car opened fire at a German national, who works as a security officer at the German embassy in Sanaa, as he got out of a supermarket in the southern suburb of Sanaa," the official said. Eyewitnesses told Xinhua that the gunmen fled the scene after the incident.
The body of the dead German man was moved to hospital as police cordoned off the scene and launched investigation into the incident.
Witnesses interviewed by Xinhua at the scene said the German national was alone when he resisted the gunmen before they shot him dead.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) told Xinhua in a text message that "they were trying to kidnap the German security officer in Hadda district of Sanaa but he resisted, which forced them (al-Qaida gunmen) to kill him on the spot."
"He was alone and armed with gun when we tried to kidnap him in front of al-Jandoul Supermarket," the AQAP spokesman said.
Foreigners are frequently kidnapped in Yemen by al-Qaida militants or tribesmen who asked for ransom or for the exchange for their jailed fellows. Most of the kidnapped have been freed unharmed.
On July, gunmen abducted a Dutch couple and two South Africans from busy streets of Sanaa and the central province of Taiz and the Yemeni government is still searching for the four people. One week later, suspected al-Qaida militants snatched an Iranian diplomat near the Iranian embassy in Sanaa. His fate was still unknown.