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Bible School Students Murdered in Yemen

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Two German nurses pursuing internal training at a Bible School were murdered in Yemen

Two German Bible school students have been kidnapped and murdered in Yemen. Anita G., 24, and Rita S., 26 studied at the Evangelical Brake Bible School in Lemgo in Germany confirms Matthias Ruether, Director of the evangelical news agency Idea, June 16.

Both nurses had a brief internship at Al Jumhuri Hospital in Saada in northern Yemen, which is supported by the humanitarian organization Worldwide Services in the Netherlands.

Anita G. and Rita S., members of a Baptist church in Wolfsburg in Northern Germany, were abducted June 12 north of Saada on a trip with a German couple and their three children, a British engineer and a Korean teacher.

The two German women were first stabbed and then shot. Also Young-Sun I., 34 years old, was murdered. It is still unclear what had happened to the other hostages. According to some unconfirmed reports, they too have been murdered.

At Brake Bible School people are in deep shock over the murder of the students. They were dedicated in their desire to help the needy, which was their only incentive to go to Yemen. Both women belong to a Baptist church consisting mainly of ethnic German immigrants from Russia.

Both the German and South Korean government has condemned the barbaric violence attack. Since the hostages were killed in a brutal way, some observers believe that the terrorist network Al-Qaeda was probably involved. 

During the past 15 years at least 200 foreigners have been kidnapped in Yemen. In most cases, they have been released after ransom has been paid.

It is not the first time that Muslim extremists have murdered hospital workers in Yemen. Two men killed three U.S. citizens in a Baptist hospital in Jibla, 30 December 2002, when yet another American was wounded. The guily were convicted and later sentenced to death.

Yemen is one of the strictest Muslim countries. 99 percent of 21 million inhabitants are Muslims. Small groups of Christians gather mostly in secret.


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Source: ASSIST News Service

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