Britain names man killed in Yemen bombing

21st July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain on Thursday named a marine surveyor killed in a car bombing in Yemen and said it was urgently seeking further information about the attack in the southern city of Aden.

"I was greatly saddened to learn that a British national, David Mockett, was killed in Aden yesterday," junior Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said in a statement.

"I send my deepest condolences to the Mockett family. Foreign Office officials have spoken to the family and are providing consular assistance," it said.

"Through our embassy in Sanaa we are urgently seeking further information on the circumstances surrounding the death, and have asked the Yemeni authorities to investigate."

Reports in Britain said Mockett was in his 60s from Plymouth, southwest England, and worked for Arabian Marine Surveyors.

Police in Yemen said he was killed when his booby-trapped car exploded in the Moalla area of Aden near a hotel where his company has an office.

A Yemeni intelligence officer said the attack carried "the fingerprints of Al-Qaeda."

There have been a number of attacks on Britons in Yemen, including in April 2010 when the British ambassador narrowly escaped being killed when a car bomb hit his convoy in Sanaa.

A rocket-propelled grenade hit a British embassy car in Sanaa last October, wounding three people including a diplomat.

© 2011 AFP

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