Gunmen shot dead intelligence officer in south Yemen

09:31, July 02, 2010      

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Masked gunmen shot dead a high-ranked intelligence officer on Thursday in Yemen's southern flash-point province of Abyan, provincial security officials said.

The masked gunmen riding bikes opened fire at Colonel Saleh Salem Amdhieb of the Yemeni Political Agency while the latter was passing through a busy market in Zunjubar city of Abyan, the security official said in condition of anonymity.

The official said that Colonel Amdhieb died of bullets wounds in the attack after being rushed to the hospital.

According to the security official, the incident was not the first of its kind in the city as masked gunmen frequently rode motorcycles and targeted intelligence personnel.

On June 12, the Interior Ministry said a former intelligence director of Abyan province, named Jalal Uthman, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Zunjubar city while he was leaving a mosque after finishing his prayers.

On June 19, the Defense Ministry blamed al-Qaida for an attack against an intelligence headquarters in the southern port city of Aden, which left seven security guards, three women and a child dead.

Yemen, the ancestral homeland of al-Qaida network leader Osama bin Laden, has intensified security operations and air raids against terrorist groups, after the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing claimed responsibility for a failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane bound for Detroit last year.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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