Suspected al - Qaeda militants have killed a Yemeni intelligence officer in the southeast of the country, an informed source says.Omar Mahfudh was shot dead after he left a mosque in the city of Hadramawt on Friday, AFP quoted the source as saying on condition of anonymity.
" Two men on a motorcycle opened fire at intelligence officer Omar Mahfudh, killing him on the spot as he emerged from al - Qatn mosque, " the source said, claiming that al - Qaeda was behind the attack.Late on Thursday, retired army colonel Abdel Magid Abdullah, 70, was shot dead by gunmen, who fled the scene after a similar attack in the southern town of Huta, the capital of Lahj province. 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. Yemeni security forces frequently come under attack by gunmen especially in the southern and eastern parts of the country.