Gunmen kill military intelligence officer in south Yemen

By REUTERS
December 17, 2012 13:52

 
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ADEN - Masked men shot dead a military intelligence officer in southern Yemen on Monday, a local security source said, the latest in a series of killings targeting security officials in the Arabian Peninsula state.

Two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Shaker al-Bani late on Sunday, killing him instantly, the source said. No one claimed responsibility for the killing, but the source said he suspected that al-Qaida militants, who are battling the US-backed government, were behind it.

There have been a number of killings of security officials and politicians in the impoverished and often chaotic country since Yemen's army drove Islamist fighters out of several southern towns earlier this year with Washington's help. Last week, masked gunmen shot dead Colonel Ahmed Barmadah, deputy head of the Political Security Office, the domestic intelligence service, in Hadramout.

Washington has stepped up drone strikes on suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen with the backing of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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