Gunmen execute Yemen official, three killed in clash

March 22, 2012 17:05

ADEN - Unidentified gunmen abducted and killed an intelligence officer in southern Yemen, sparking a clash in which two of the attackers and a government soldier were killed on Thursday, a local official said.

The official blamed the killing on militant Islamists linked to al-Qaida. It was the most recent of a string of attacks targeting security officials in southern Yemen, swathes of which are controlled by Islamist fighters.The gunmen snatched the officer from the provincial city of Mukalla on Wednesday and shot him dead several hours later, an official in the southern Hadramout province said.

Security forces and troops traded fire with the gunmen after discovering the body, the official said.

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