- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 2, 2003

SANAA, Yemen, Jan. 2 (UPI) — The American missionary who survived last week's deadly hospital shooting in Yemen headed home Thursday with the body of one of his slain colleagues, Yemeni sources said.

Donald Caswell, a 49-year-old pharmacist, suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach while three of his colleagues were shot fatally in the head by an alleged Muslim extremist. Caswell left the country with the body of Kathy Gariety, one of those who was killed.

Two of the others, obstetrician Martha Myers, 57, and hospital administrator William Koehn, 60, were buried Tuesday according to their wills on the hospital's grounds in Jibla, a town in central Yemen.

The plane carrying Caswell and Gariety's body stopped first in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

Yemeni authorities identified the gunman as Abid Abdur-Razzaq Kamil. A source told United Press International that Kamil had confessed to belonging to the militant group Islamic Jihad and said he sought to "enter paradise" by killing the U.S. nationals.

The suspect also allegedly confessed he was part of a five-man cell that planned attacks against others in Yemen, including secular people, journalists, Muslim Shiites and members of the Ismaili sect, an offshoot of the minority Shiites. Most Muslims are Sunnis.

Yemen's Interior Ministry denied Thursday that a U.S. team had arrived in Sanaa to interrogate Kamil, a report circulated by the opposition weekly Al Wahdawi.

The suspect was questioned only by Yemeni security officers and the state prosecution, according to an interview a ministry official gave to the daily Sept. 26.

"As for the U.S. Embassy officials who rushed to the province of Ebb, they were briefed by the Yemeni authorities about the interrogation and expressed full satisfaction over the course of investigation," the official said. The Americans then returned to Sanaa, he added.

Meanwhile, Yemeni authorities upgraded security measures around embassies and hotels in Sanaa as a precautionary move to avert possible attacks by dormant cells of Osama bin Laden's al Qaida militant network.

Memorial services in the United States for the two missionaries buried at Jibla Baptist Hospital were scheduled for Thursday in Burleson, Texas, for Koehn and in Mobile and Montgomery, Ala., for Myers. Gariety's body is being flown to her native Wisconsin.

"The gunman perpetrated a physical act of causing death, but these people willingly gave their lives because they loved God — and loving God, they loved the Yemeni people," said missionary spokesman John Brady in comments on the day Koehn and Myers were buried. "They loved where they were.

"The last thing Bill Koehn said to me was, 'I live in the most beautiful place on the earth,'" remembered Brady, who leads Southern Baptist International Mission Board work in northern Africa and the Middle East.


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