The Sanaa school shooting was a
school shooting that occurred in Sanaa, Yemen, on
March 30, 1997.
48-year-old Mohammad Ahman al-Nazari — who had fought against the
Soviets in Afghanistan — began his rampage at Tala'i Private School in
the Asbahi township.
Armed with an illegaly obtained Kalashnikov assault
rifle he waited for the headmistress and killed her by shooting her in
the head. After killing a cafeteria worker and injuring a bus driver who
came to help he entered the school building and walked from classroom to
classroom, shooting indiscriminately at teachers and students.
Subsequently he went to nearby Musa Bin Nusayr School where he continued
his rampage, that left a total of six people dead and 12 others wounded,
before he himself was injured and arrested.
Nazari, whose five children attended the Tala'i
school, alleged that one of his daughters had been raped by the school
administrator. No evidence was found of this. Nazari had been a bus
driver for the two schools, but was fired for unkown reasons some time
before the shooting.
After being declared sane, Nazari, whose name was
also reported as being Hassan Ali al-Baadani or Muhammad Ahmad al-Naziri,
was sentenced to death the next day for killing a headmistress, a
teacher, a cafeteria worker, a bystander and two students and executed
with five shots in the chest in an empty lot between the two schools on
April 5, 1997.
An initial sentence to nail his body on a cross for three days was
After his execution Nazari's body was
kicked to a pulp by angry citizens and burned. His daughters fought the
courts against the execution but lost. The daughter who was allegedly
raped committed suicide 5 years later; the other four children all died
in a train accident in 2006.
- Asma Abd al-Bari, headmistress of Tala'i school
- Muhammad Yahya al-Ulufi, teacher at Tala'i school
- Husayn Ali Qa'id al-Ba'dani
- Ali Muhammad Muqbil al-Awadi
- Imad Muhammad al-Raymi
- Unidentified student
Mohammad Ahman al-Nazari
Distraught over "indiscretions" by his teen-age
daughters, Hassan opened fire at two high schools in the Yemeni capital
of San'a, killing at six people, including four students.
On March, 30, 1997, the angry father waited outside
the gates of Al-Tallai private high school, which his two daughters
attended, for the headmistress, Asma al-Nomaan. When she arrived, he
fatally shot her in the head. He then killed a cafeteria employee who
rushed to cover her body and wounded a bus driver who tried to block him
from entering the school.
Once inside the schoolhouse, he went from classroom to
classroom, shooting at hundreds of students killing three and wounding
one teacher before walking 500 yards to the nearby Moussa bin Nussair
High School. There he killed three more students and wounded another
teacher before being wounded and arrested. An Interior Ministry
statement said 11 pupils from the two schools and three other people
A day after his deadly rampage, the disgruntled Yemeni
father was sentenced to death by firing squad. Nazari told the court
that he worked as a bus driver for the two schools where he rampaged and
that the headmistress he killed had him fired. The British Broadcasting
Corp. reported that Hassan intended to kill a headmistress and her
husband because of the couple's part in the alleged rape of his daughter.
On April 7, 1997, as crowds yelled "God is
greatest," the vengeful father was publicly executed in front of the
two schools were the rampage took place with a single bullet from a
sharpshooter. His corpse was then nailed to a cross and left displayed
in public for three days.
Court orders killer shot, nailed to
Los Angeles Times
April 3, 1997
An appeals court
ordered a man who opened fired last weekend on two schools, killing six
people, to be executed by firing squad and his corpse nailed to a cross
for three days. The appeals court ordered that Mohammed Nazari's body be
displayed near the two schools, which face the house where his wife and
Mohammed al-Nazari was sentenced to
death Monday for killing a headmistress, a teacher, a cafeteria worker,
a by stander and a student. Another student died Tuesday of wounds
suffered during the weekend attack, and the appeals court added his name
to the charge sheet retroactively.
The ruling must be ratified by the
Supreme Court and the president, Lt. Gen. Ali Abdullah Saleh. The
execution was expected to be carried out Friday.
Court rejects displaying gunman's
body on cross
The Buffalo News
April 3, 1997
Yemen's supreme court
today approved the death sentence for the gunman who killed four
schoolchildren and two teachers but overturned a lower court's ruling
that his body be nailed on a cross.
A Yemeni appeals court had ruled
Wednesday that Mohammad Ahmad Misleh, 48, be executed by firing squad
and his body nailed on a cross for three days near the scene of the
killings. He had opened fire with an assault rifle Sunday on hundreds of
children lined up in a schoolyard before morning classes.
Yemen to try man who killed 6 children, 2 others
SANAA, Yemen - A man who killed a school headmistress,
a teacher and six children with an assault rifle attack on hundreds of
pupils at two schools in the Yemeni capital Sanaa will be tried Monday,
an official said Sunday.
"The prosecution general in the southern part of the
capital Sanaa has completed its interrogation of suspect Mohammad Ahmad
Misleh al-Nazari who opened fire at random inside the two schools Sunday
morning..." , Prosecutor-General Mohammad al-Badri told the official
news agency SABA.
"It was decided to try him Monday at the court for
emergency matters at the court of appeal," he said adding that the
proceedings will be open.
Earlier in the day, an Interior Ministry statement
said 11 pupils from the two neighboring schools and three other people
A security official named the headmistress as Asma
Noman, an Egyptian woman in her 40s whose son was also killed.
Police arrested the gunman after an exchange of fire
with security forces in which the man was wounded in the leg as he tried
to escape. None of the security forces were reported hurt.
Witnesses described the assailant as a disgruntled
former bus driver who had been fired by the headmistress at the Talaeh
The security official said he believed the gunman was
Witnesses said the attacks spread panic among the
more than 1, 000 students aged between six and 18 at Talaeh and nearby
Musa Ibn al-Naseer school in the middle class residential suburb of
Asbahi, about four miles south of the city center.
The schools were closed after the shootings as
parents collected their children from classrooms.
Witnesses said the attack was the first incident of
its kind in Sanaa.
Guns, many of them Kalashnikov automatic rifles, are
openly carried in Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries.
Unofficial estimates put the number of firearms in
the country at nearly 50 million -- three times the population of 16
Crowd cheers at execution of killer
Los Angeles Times
April 6, 1997
A man who shot to
death four children and two teachers was executed in front of cheering
crowds near the two schools where the killings took place. As a single
sharpshooter executed Mohammed Nazari, 48, crowds yelled "God is
greatest" and "long live justice."
Witnesses said it was the first
public execution in decades. Nazari was sentenced to death for opening
fire with an assault rifle on the neighboring schools March 30. Yemen's
highest court on Thursday approved the death sentence ruling of a Yemeni
appeals court, but overturned an order that Nazari's body should be
nailed to a cross and displayed for three days.
April 7, 1997
As crowds yelled "God is greatest," Mohammed, the
vengeful father who killed six people in the Yemeni capital of San'a on
March 30, was publicly executed with a single bullet from a sharpshooter
in front of the two schools were the rampage took place. His corpse was
then nailed to a cross and will be displayed in public for three days.