gay_men_targeted_killed_in_yemenAP has reported that Al-Qaeda gunmen have gunned down a man in Yemen because they believed that he was gay.

“Armed Al-Qaeda suspects on a motorbike opened fire on 29-year-old Salem Ahmed Hasan in a market in Huta,” a southern town, the official told AP. He said that the man died immediately.

Two other men also believed to be gay were shot by Al-Qaeda in Huta in July. One man was killed and the other was wounded.

Al-Qaeda is leading an insurgency against the Yemeni government and are especially active in the southern and eastern parts of the country.

Although the Al-Qaeda gunmen were operating illegally, homosexuality is outlawed in Yemen under the country’s Sharia legal system.

Yemen is one of only seven countries in the world to apply a death penalty for consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex.

Get the Mamba Newsletter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Send this to a friend