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Yemen: Unicef Worker Seized After Envoy Attack
Gunmen have seized a Sierra Leone citizen working for the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) in Yemen, according to reports.
The man was seized at gunpoint from a UN vehicle in northern Sanaa, diplomatic sources told AFP, adding that his Yemeni driver was not kidnapped.
The incident came after the bodyguard of the German ambassador to the country was reportedly shot dead while attempting to protect her from kidnappers.
Gunmen in a vehicle opened fire at Ambassador Carola Muller-Holtkemper and her bodyguard as they were leaving a supermarket in the capital Sana'a's southern Hada district, where foreign embassies are located.
It is understood Ms Muller-Holtkemper was not injured in the incident.
A spokeswoman for the foreign ministry in Berlin said only that the government could not yet confirm the incident, but was "making intensive efforts to clear up the facts".
Yemen denied reports that the ambassador was the target of the kidnapping, with a foreign ministry spokesman claiming to AFP that she was out of the country at the time.
Medics in Sanaa said the corpse of the bodyguard was taken to the Saudi-German hospital in the capital.
A security source told Reuters the attack bore the hallmarks of the al Qaeda terror network's Yemeni branch, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The group has attempted to attack several Western targets, including airliners.
Germany was among several Western countries which closed their embassies in August following US warnings of a major terror attack in the Middle East.
No attack took place and the embassies were later reopened.