Thursday, July 21, 2011

Murdered British Shipping Worker Identified

Foreign Office Minister Issues Statement
Shipping News Feature

UK / YEMEN – The British shipping surveyor murdered in Aden by a car bomb yesterday has been identified as Plymouth Resident David Mockett.

Mr. Mockett, who worked as principal surveyor at Arabian Marine Surveyors Ltd, was killed in what is suspected as an attack by militants operating in Yemen. He was an experienced hand at working in the Arab states, having worked in Saudi Arabia and Yemen extensively since 1976.

In a statement on the killing the UK’s Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, said:

“I was greatly saddened to learn that a British National, David Mockett, was killed in Aden yesterday. I send my deepest condolences to the Mockett family. Foreign Office officials have spoken to the family and are providing consular assistance.

“Through our Embassy in Sana’a we are urgently seeking further information on the circumstances surrounding the death, and have asked the Yemeni authorities to investigate."

Attacks in Aden have up to date been rare but the continuing problems in Yemen make it advisable for shipping and logistics companies in the country to tighten security for personnel wherever possible.