France confirms national shot dead in Yemen

6th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The French foreign ministry on Wednesday confirmed that a Frenchman working for an Austrian company has been shot dead in Yemen.

The ministry "confirms the death by shooting of a French national working for SPIE, subcontracted to the Austrian company OMV at Sanaa in Yemen," said a statement.

Yemeni security officials said earlier that the French head of energy group OMV's Yemen operations was killed by an armed guard on Wednesday at a company compound near Sanaa.

The foreign ministry said that its embassy in Sanaa and its own crisis centre had been mobilised to support the dead man's relatives and to work with Yemeni authorities to establish what led to the death.

© 2010 AFP

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