Yemeni Students Demand Government Goes over Serial Killings

Published May 24th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Thousands of Yemeni students staged a sit-in Wednesday to demand the resignation of the government over the reported slaying of 16 girls by a suspected serial killer employed at Sanaa University. 

The students, who protested peacefully outside the cabinet office, called for the government's resignation and the immediate intervention of President Ali Abdullah Saleh to shed light on the grisly killings. 

Mohammad Adam Omar, a 53-year-old Sudanese morgue attendant at the university's faculty of medicine, has confessed, according to police, to having killed 16 young women in Yemen and another 11 in Sudan. 

Police added that he and accomplices also "traded in bodies and exported body parts to one or more Arab countries for medical experiments." 

Yemen's parliament decided on May 16 to form a commission to investigate the murders, which have provoked outrage in the local media and shocked public opinion. 

On Friday, Yemen's interior ministry said that Omar, who was arrested on May 14, at present, stands charged only with the murder of two students some three months ago. 

The ministry said it had no information on any other murders – SANAA (AFP) 


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