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“Gunmen fatally shot an American teacher (Joel Shrum) in the Yemeni province of Taiz on Sunday,” CNN reports. “In a text message sent to Yemeni media outlets, [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror network’s affiliate in Yemen] said the victim was spreading Christianity, calling him one of the biggest missionaries in the country.” The International Training and Development Center, where Joel worked, denied accusations that Joel was proselytizing.

By Hakim Almasmari

3/20/2012 Yemen (CNN) – Gunmen fatally shot an American teacher in the Yemeni province of Taiz on Sunday, two defense ministry officials said.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror network’s affiliate in Yemen, claimed responsibility for the killing.

In a text message sent to Yemeni media outlets, the group said the victim was spreading Christianity, calling him one of the biggest missionaries in the country.

But the International Training and Development Center said the victim, whom it identified as “Joel S.,” was not a missionary.

“He was an American development worker who had been working in Yemen with his wife and two children since 2010,” when he began working for the education center, it said.

“Unfortunately Joel S. has been accused of being a part of a proselytizing campaign, but the staff of ITDC, which consists of Muslims, Christians and other religions working together, has continually focused on human development, skill transfer and community development,” the center said. “Joel S. was a very professional employee who highly respected the Islamic religion.”

Authorities have not said who killed the teacher. The head of security in the province, Mohamed Saidi, identified him as Joel Shrum.

The U.S. Embassy in the capital, Sanaa, said it had heard reports of an American death and was investigating. It did not confirm that an American had been killed.

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