Yemen's ambassador to Egypt attacked

AP, Friday 4 Mar 2011

Ambassador Abdel-Wali al-Shimiri was attacked while visiting Yemeni students in the governorate of Assiut

Yemen's Embassy in Cairo says its ambassador was attacked by armed men while traveling to a southern Egyptian city but escaped unharmed.

Friday's statement from the embassy says Ambassador Abdel-Wali al-Shimiri was headed to Assiut to meet Yemeni students there on Tuesday.

He was traveling in a two-car convoy that included several guards. As the cars stopped at a checkpoint outside Assiut, armed men pulled up in three cars and tried to snatch al-Shimiri out of his car.

The statement says the ambassador's guards scuffled with the attackers who managed to seize the guards' personal weapons, laptops, briefcases and other private belongings from inside the two cars before they fled.

One of the bullets fired by the gunmen hit the ambassador's car.

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