Man Killed For Being Gay in Yemen: Al-Qaeda Suspected
A security official in Yemen told sources at AFP that a Yemeni man was shot and killed Thursday by Al-Qaeda gunmen. The official said that the man was targeted because the assassins believed that he was gay.
As reported on AsiaOne.com, the incident was recounted by a Yemeni security official who said "Armed Al-Qaeda suspects on a motorbike opened fire on 29-year-old Salem Ahmed Hasan in a market in Huta," capital of the southern province of Lahj, the official said, adding the man died immediately. He also added that he believed the victim was targeted because the gunmen thought he was gay.
Thursday’s attack is the latest in a series of planned killings of gay men in Yemen suspected to be the work of religious militant groups like Al Qaeda.
In July, CNN reported that two gunmen on a motorbike killed a man in Lahj province suspected of being gay. Witnesses, who knew the victim, told CNN that the militants had warned him at least twice previously that he would be killed if he didn’t stop his homosexual activity. Local residents who witnessed the killing did not report the incident to police. Prior to the incident in July, four men were killed in similar attacks on supposedly "gay" men in Lahj’s capital city this year.
Over the last two years, as many as 316 gay men have been arrested on charges of homosexuality, according to official reports obtained by Inter Press Service from a security source under condition of anonymity.