Gunmen have kidnapped Yemen President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi’s chief of staff, which comes after an official said Shiite militiamen are in control of the capital.
Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak was kidnapped by gunmen in Sanaa on Saturday, after he recently declined a position as prime minister after Houthis abandoned his nomination.
Yahoo News reports an armed group set up at Hada checkpoint, which is in the southern district of Sanaa, captured Mubarak along with other companions. The Yemen President’s chief of staff was on his way to a ceremony in conjunction with the issuance of the new draft constitution when he was kidnapped.
Yemen is gripped by regular al-Qaida attacks and Shiite Houthi rebels, people are now waiting for the Yemeni presidency to comment.
No group has officially admitting to the kidnap of Bin Mubarak and his two guards; no ransom demand has been made.
Social media is lighting up at the moment, especially over on Twitter. Just type in ‘Yemen’ in Twitter search and the tweets are coming in fast from the public and many news groups.