You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams

Location: Kentucky, United States

Monday, December 30, 2002

And the stories just keep coming

SANAA, Yemen (Reuters) - A Yemeni shot dead three American doctors and critically wounded a U.S. pharmacist Monday at a missionary hospital in the south of the impoverished country.

Yemeni officials named the gunman as 32-year-old Abed Abdel Razzak Kamel and said he was an Islamist militant who had told police after his arrest that he had shot the two men and two women to "cleanse his religion and get closer to Allah."

The U.S. embassy confirmed the victims were U.S. citizens and said they were working at the Jibla Baptist hospital in Ebb province, some 105 miles south of the capital Sanaa.

"The gunman confessed to being a member of (Yemen's) Islamic Jihad group and said he shot the Americans because they were preaching Christianity in a Muslim country," one Yemeni official said.


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