Russian ambassador 'assassinated after armed gunmen storm embassy in Yemen', reports claim

Ambassador Vladimir Dedushkin was reportedly "keeping a close eye" in the war-torn country.

The diplomat was reportedly assassinated in the capital Sanaa.

The assassination was reported by Saudi Arabia's Barq news agency.

But some reports claim Mr Dedushkin has not died.

The Russian Embassy in Yemen has reportedly said “no one’s been shot”, telling NBC no one had been attacked.

A Russian official quoted in Zvezda, a Russian nationwide TV station run by the Ministry of Defence, has denied the reports of an assassination attempt.

The Washington Post said that it had spoken to a duty officer at the embassy in the Yemen and he had denied there had been any attack and said the ambassador was fine.

Mr Dedushkin was appointed by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on August 16, 2013 and replace the outgoing Sergei Kozlov.

Mr Dedushkin said in November last year that Saudi Arabia was key to solving the crisis in the Yemen.

He said: "Saudi Arabia, in my view, has a decisive role in resolving this [Yemeni] conflict. The key to its settlement is in the hands of Riyadh.”

Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government and Shiite Houthi rebels, the country’s main opposition faction that forced the Yemeni government to resign last January.

In December last year Andrey Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, was assassinated by policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas who shouted “Allah Akbar” and “Don’t forget Aleppo”.

Earlier this month diplomat Andrey Malanin, 54, was found dead by embassy staff on the floor of his bedroom in the Greek capital Athens.

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