Two German Nurses Probably Dead in Yemen

Spiegel Online 17 June 2009
By Matthias Gebauer

The German government now believes that two German nurses were among those found dead in Yemen. The fate of six other missing foreigners -- including an 11-month-old baby -- remains unclear. Officials are in a race against time.

The German government assumes the two German nurses Anita G., 24, and her 26-year-old colleague Rita S., are dead. After a number of confused reports on Monday, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier telephoned his colleague in Yemen and learned that Yemeni authorities had found three female bodies.

They're presumed to be the bodies of two German nurses and a South Korean teacher who were kidnapped while on an outing in the countryside of Saada, a northern region of Yemen known as a haven for Shia militias as well as al-Qaida fighters.

Like Johannes H., who has also gone missing, the nurses worked in a hospital in the town of Saada. The women were students from the Brake Bible School in the German town of Lemgo, which (...)