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MNN (03/01/06) – On Monday, Yemeni government officials executed a second Yemeni gunman for killing three Southern Baptist medical missionaries in 2002.

Abed Abdul Razak Kamel was convicted for the Dec. 30, 2002, shooting deaths of three Jibla Baptist Hospital staff. Among those who died in that attack, Hospital director William Koehn, physician Martha Myers and purchasing agent Kathleen Gariety. A pharmacist was seriously wounded but later recovered.

Yemeni officials believe Kamel and another gunman (Ali al-Jarallah was executed in December 2005) had ties to the al Qaeda terrorist network. According to the Baptist Press, police reported finding audiotapes of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Kamel’s home after the murders.

The hospital reopened in 2003 and continues its ministry under the name ‘ Peace Hospital ‘. The facility provides care for thousands of people in Yemen . They’ve served for more than 30 years after it having been started in the Ibb province by Southern Baptist workers.