A security official and his bodyguard have been killed in a suspected al-Qaeda attack by two masked gunmen in the south of Yemen, authorities say.
Colonel Mohammed Abdullah al-Habashy, a security adviser in Hadramout province, was killed after gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on him while he was at a restaurant with his bodyguard in the city of Sayoun late on Friday, Reuters quoted security officials as saying on Saturday.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, but officials said al-Qaeda was probably behind the assassination.
Earlier on Friday, six soldiers were killed and 17 others were wounded in a car bombing at a military command center in Ahwar district in the southern province of Abyan.
Military and security sources had initially given a toll of 12 dead and six wounded for the attack.
On Thursday, a soldier was killed and two others were injured in an attack on a police checkpoint in the province.
Yemeni security forces frequently come under attack by gunmen especially in the southern and eastern parts of the country.
In December 2012, two armed men killed Lieutenant Colonel Mutei Baqatyan, a member of the country’s state security, in an attack in the southern city of Mukalla.
Major General Ahmed was also seriously injured and 12 people were killed in a car bomb attack that targeted his motorcade in the heart of the capital Sana’a in September 2012.
On August 31, Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salim Basindawa escaped an assassination attempt by unknown gunmen, who opened fire on his convoy in the capital.
By Press TV
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