Bomb kills Yemeni officer, al-Qaida suspected

By REUTERS
August 11, 2012 03:12

ADEN - A senior Yemeni military officer was killed when a bomb planted in his car exploded in the southeastern city of Mukalla in an attack blamed on al-Qaida, a security official said on Friday.

The bombing was the latest in a series of attacks on senior figures or government institutions in Yemen since a US-backed offensive drove Islamist militants linked to al-Qaida from their strongholds in the southern part of the country in June.

Brigadier Omar Barasheed, dean of the Command and General Staff College, died in hospital from injuries incurred in the bombing, the official told Reuters.

His bodyguard was killed and a civilian was wounded.


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