Gunmen shoot dead Yemeni colonel in Aden

By REUTERS
January 7, 2014 16:34

 
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ADEN - Gunmen shot dead an army colonel and a car bomb injured a senior intelligence officer in Yemen's main port city of Aden on Tuesday, a security official said.

Yemen's armed forces are fighting against an Islamist insurgency across southern Yemen after militants took advantage of political chaos during the "Arab Spring" in 2011 to seize control of several towns.

Western governments see Yemen's stability as vital for international security because of the country's location next to main oil exporter Saudi Arabia and alongside important crude shipment routes.

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