Gunmen kill senior Yemen security officer, official says

ADEN - Unidentified gunmen shot dead a senior Yemeni security police officer in the southern port of Aden on Wednesday, a local official said, in the latest of a series of attacks during ten months of mass protests against the president.
Colonel Abdulhakim al-Qadi was shot in a busy market and the assailants were able to escape, the official told Reuters. He died at the scene.Southern Yemen has been the scene of clashes between the army and al-Qaida-linked militants who have seized three towns during a popular movement to oust autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Neighboring oil giant Saudi Arabia and the United States fear spreading anarchy in Yemen is emboldening al-Qaida's regional wing, one of the global Islamist network's most aggressive branches.
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