Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gunmen kill Yemeni intelligence official

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Map of Yemen.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ADEN, Yemen, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Unknown gunmen on motorbikes killed a high-ranking Yemeni intelligence official in the southeastern province of Hadramout early Tuesday, a police officer told Xinhua.
Colonel Ahmed Baramda, assistant director of Intelligence Bureau, was killed by the masked gunmen riding motorbikes when he was standing near his home in Mukalla city, capital of Hadramout province, the local police officer said on condition of anonymity.

"Colonel Ahmed Baramda was shot in the head by unknown assailants in Mukalla city," the police source said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the drive-by shooting. A government official told Xinhua anonymously that "we don't know who is exactly involved in this armed attack but we have ordered the inquiry to find out the culprits."

Just a few hours after the incident, security forces were swiftly deployed across several neighborhoods in Hadramout province, witnesses said.

In January 2009, al-Qaida affiliates in Saudi Arabia and Yemen officially merged and formed Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula ( AQAP).

The group, mainly entrenching itself in Yemen's southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa, is on the terrorist list of the United States, which considers it as an increasing threat to national security.

The AQAP underscores the challenges faced by Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who won support from major Yemeni political forces, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Hadi is tasked with restoring security and stability to Yemen and putting an end to growing influence of al-Qaida that threatens daily oil shipping routes in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

2012-12-11 15:47:09

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