June 15, 2009 / 12:19 PM / 10 years ago

Three German women captives killed in Yemen

Policemen guard the entrance of a state security of appeals in Sanaa, in this November 8, 2008 file picture. Three German women from a party of nine foreigners kidnapped have been found dead in north Yemen, a government and a tribal source said on June 15, 2009, a rare killing that comes as separatist and militant tensions intensify. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah/File

SANAA (Reuters) - Three German women from a party of nine foreigners kidnapped have been found dead in north Yemen, a government and a tribal source said on Monday, a rare killing that comes as separatist and militant tensions intensify.

The three women found near the Saada area were believed to have been shot, the two sources said, in a dramatic escalation of violence that comes one day after authorities arrested a man described as al Qaeda’s top financer in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

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