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Spaniard hurt in Yemen bombing ‘mentally dead’

Published on 12/07/2007

12 July 2007

Sana’a, Yemen – A Spanish woman wounded in the suicide car bomb attack that left seven Spanish tourists dead in north-central Yemen more than a week ago is “mentally dead,” a Yemeni neurosurgical physician said Thursday.

Dr Muhammad al-Jaradi told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that María Asuncion Vitorica underwent an electro encephalo gram (EEG) examination Wednesday, and that the test “only showed activity in the skin of her brain.”

He added that this condition is considered as a “brain death.” Al- Jaradi said the test, that gives information about the health and function of the brain, was carried out again on Thursday and that the results were sent to Spain.

He said the woman was in a “deep coma” and that she was on a ventilator since she was wounded in the attack in Marib province, around 190 kilometres north-east of the Yemeni capital Sana’a.

Medical sources in the al-Thawra hospital in Sana’a, to which Vitorica was admitted after the attack, said an EEG test would be carried out for the third time on Friday or Saturday.

The attack took place on July 2 near an archaeological site in Marib, and Yemeni government officials blamed it on the terrorist network al-Qaeda.

At least 14 suspects linked to the attack had been arrested in Sana’a and in the provinces of Aden and Shabwa as well as Marib, where the attack took place.

Police stormed an apartment in Sana’a on July 5, and killed an Egyptian man believed to be linked to the Marib attack.

[Copyright DPA with Expatica]

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