The North Yemen's assassinated President Ibrahim Al-Hamdi was buried with full State honours at the capital of Sanaa on Thursday (13 October).
GV Coffin being loaded into hearse. (5 shots)
SCU New President Ahmed Al-Ghashmi watching.
GV Crowds being held back by troops as funeral procession moves off.
CU AND GV New President standing by graveside. (2 shots)
The first WAM report from Abu Dhabi identified the gunman who had allegedly attacked President Al-Ghashmi as North Yemeni Army Major Zeid Al-Kubeisi. Colonel Shiba is one of four North Yemeni envoys touring Arab capitals carrying messages from the new President concerning assassination of his predecessor. The newly-formed Command Council in Sanaa has charged that President Hamdi's killing was part of a 'bigger plot' against the North Yemeni regime.
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Background: The North Yemen's assassinated President Ibrahim Al-Hamdi was buried with full State honours at the capital of Sanaa on Thursday (13 October). Among the mourners was the new President, Ahmed Al-Ghashmi, who, five days later, was himself allegedly the target for an assassination attempt by a North Yemeni Army officer.
SYNOPSIS: The late President Ibrahim Al-Hamdi was murdered with his brother Abdallah in Sanaa on 11 October, reportedly while they were out driving. He had come to power in a bloodless coup in 1974. The Cairo newspaper Al-Akhbar quoted the Yemeni Ambassador in Egypt, Mr. Hassan Al-Saholi, as claiming that Abdallah had been the assassins' real target.
The new President Ahmed Al-Ghashmi. Some days after the funeral, a North Yemeni envoy in Dubai was reported to have claimed that a North Yemeni army officer had tried, on 18 October, to shoot the new President in Sanaa. At the time, the new leader was said to have been accepting condolences on the death of President Hamdi.
Succeeding stories of the murder bid, carried by the United Arab Emirates News Agency (WAM), were contradictory, though both quoted the same source, Lieutenant Colonel Ali-Shiba, Deputy Chief of North Yemen's Armed Forces. The first story said President Al-Ghashmi had pushed the killer's pistol away and he was arrested. The second claimed the president's bodyguards had shot dead the would-be assassin before he could fire. Meanwhile, the killers of President Hamdi have not yet been found.