A second man is sentenced in connection with the murders of three mission workers in Yemen.

By September 18, 2003

Yemen (MNN)–An Islamic extremist was sentenced to death Sunday, September 14th, for assassinating a politician and coordinating the shootings of three Southern
Baptist
hospital workers, reported the Associated Press.

Ali al-Jarallah was convicted for planning the attack on a hospital in Jibla, Yemen, that resulted in the deaths of three International Mission Board medical workers.

His death sentence includes his role in the assassination of Yemeni Socialist Party deputy Secretary-General Jarallah Omar who was shot days prior to the attack on the hospital.

Al-Jarallah is the second person this year to be sentenced to death for the hospital attack. In July, Abed Abdul Razak Kamel was also sentenced for shooting the three Baptist workers.

Hospital Director William Koehn, physician Martha Myers and purchasing agent Kathleen Gariety were killed in the incident. A fourth worker, pharmacist Don Caswell, was
wounded.

Kamel said he killed the hospital workers in part because he believed they were proselytizing Muslims. Jibla residents have said the hospital workers never proselytized – something prohibited by law in Yemen.

Kamel and Al-Jarallah may have ties to al-Qaeda, Yemeni security officials said. AP also reported that police found audiotapes of Osama bin Laden in Kamel’s house.

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