Two masked gunmen killed a security
officer and his bodyguard in southern Yemen late on Friday in
what a security official said was a suspected al Qaeda attack.
Colonel Mohammed Abdullah al-Habashy, security adviser in
the southeastern Hadramout province, was at a restaurant with
his bodyguard in the city of Sayoun when gunmen on a motorcycle
opened fire, the security official and witnesses said.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack. But the
official said he suspected that al Qaeda militants were behind
it because of its similarity with the killing of two officers in
the province days earlier.
Yemen's US-backed government is grappling with multiple
security and political problems, including threats from a
powerful branch of al Qaeda, a secessionist movement in the
south and Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels in the north.