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Al-Qaida suspects assassinate Yemeni intelligence official

(Xinhua)

09:42, September 25, 2012

SANAA, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Suspected al-Qaida gunmen shot dead a senior Yemeni intelligence official in Yemen's capital of Sanaa on Monday, a police official said.

"Two masked al-Qaida gunmen on a motorcycle intercepted the car of Colonel Abdullah al-Ashwal, head of the Political Security Agency's office in al-Sabeen district in Sanaa, opened fire and killed him on the spot," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The assassination, the latest of a series of violent attacks against Yemeni security personnel since a U.S.-backed offensive drove the militants out of several southern cities a few months ago, occurred Monday evening in a busy street in Sanaa, just a few minutes after al-Ashwal left the office, said the official.

On Sept. 11, an al-Qaida car bomb attack targeted the motorcade of the Yemeni defense minister in central Sanaa and killed 12 security soldiers, while the minister survived unharmed.

Also this month, Colonel Yahya al-Khalidi of the air force and Colonel Yahya al-Munsif of the customs security were killed separately in Sanaa by suspected al-Qaida gunmen on motorcycles.

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