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US teacher killed in Yemen

MSNBC World News  March 18, 2012

Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET: A gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle shot to death an American teacher in the city of Taiz, Yemen, on Sunday, a high-ranking government official there told NBC News.

The official said the teacher, an adviser at a Swedish-affiliated institute, died immediately after he was struck by gunfire Sunday morning while in a vehicle. Taiz is about 50 miles south of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

Officials from the institute identified the victim as Joel Shrun and said he was born in 1983.

A group linked to al-Qaida claimed responsibility. “This operation comes as a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the West has launched against Muslims,” an unidentified person said in a text message to journalists, claiming responsibility on behalf of the Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law).

March 18, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties | , , , , , , ,


  1. Joel Shrum was a friend of my sons and was a very godly young man who loved to tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Comment by Terry Jacobs | March 18, 2012 | Reply

  2. Join with me, everyone from the community of faith in Jesus Christ and declare resserection life into Jole’s body now in Jesus name! It’s time for Acts 20:12 to be demonstrated in the year 20:12!!!!!!

    Comment by Mhedd | March 18, 2012 | Reply

  3. So sorry for your loss, for the loss of others who love him.

    Comment by jeanne | March 18, 2012 | Reply

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