Officials at the Interior Ministry confirmed on Sunday that armed tribesmen kidnapped a German national in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. The man, who has yet to be identified, was allegedly walking in one of the busy districts of the capital when he was snatched from the street and taken to an undisclosed location. Although no group has of yet claimed responsibility for the attack, officials have said they do not believe the kidnapping was ordered by al-Qaeda and carried by its affiliated tribesmen. Over the past months, Al-Qaeda has had to revert to kidnapping to finance its operations as Yemen coalition government has tighten the lid on its financial network, intent on asphyxiating the terror group by cutting its funding machine. Sources close to the matter have explained that the attack was likely carried out by Marib tribesmen as in recent weeks they have called on the government to free two jailed relatives. Tribesmen allegedly threatened the government with retaliations should it fail to comply with their demands. Yemen tribesmen have long used the kidnapping of foreigners to push force their demands on officials, hoping to use their abductees as bargain chips in their negotiations. Insecurity and a weak central government has in the past two years has failed to crackdown on such activities, thus putting foreign workers and tourists at greater risk. German officials have not yet issued a statement on their national's kidnapping.
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