Yemen mosque attacker tells court he avenged his honour
( dpa ) - A man who killed ten people in a shooting rampage outside a mosque in north-western Yemen last week told a court on Sunday that he intended to avenge his honour by killing a man sexually involved with his sister.
Abdullah Saleh al-Kohali, 26, told the court in Amran, some 70 kilometres north of the capital Sana'a, that the main target of his shooting was a fellow clansman identified as Belal Qassim al-Kohali.
"He got my sister pregnant three times," the defendant replied to a question by judges about the motives behind the crime.
Belal was among six worshippers who died on the spot after the attacker opened fire outside a small village mosque during weekly prayers on May 30. Four other people died later of wounds they sustained.
Officials have said the attacker was mentally ill.
Handcuffed and dressed in the blue prison uniform, the defendant was shaking and crying during the first session of his trial on Sunday.
The court adjourned the case until June 11.
Officials have said the assailant opened fire from a machinegun as worshippers were performing the prayers outside the mosque in the Bait al-Aqari village of Kohal district in Amran.
Attacks on mosques are not unusual acts in this impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.
In the most recent attack, 16 people were killed and scores injured after a booby-trapped motorcycle blew up outside a mosque after the weekly prayers in north-western Saada province on May 2.