Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin last night (5 December):
It is my sad duty to inform you that two German nationals have lost their lives in terrorist attacks in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.
These two Germans worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on development cooperation projects in Yemen.
A Yemeni co worker was also killed in today’s attacks.
I am devastated. We share the grief of the families and friends of the deceased; to them we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences.
Our thoughts are also with the many other innocent victims of these attacks and their families at this difficult time.
The German Government condemns these cowardly attacks in Sana’a in the strongest possible terms. There can be no justification for these reprehensible crimes.
We are in close and constant contact with the Yemeni authorities and our European and international partners.
We cannot allow Yemen to become a haven for terrorists. Germany will continue to work hard to ensure that this does not happen. We expect these brutal terrorist acts to be fully investigated as soon as possible and the people behind them brought to justice.
According to our information, a total of 52 people were killed in these attacks.