Yemen Al-Qaida Militants Kill Top Security Official
    2011-01-24 05:13:20     Xinhua      Web Editor: haodi
 

Militants of the al-Qaida wing shot dead a top security official in northeast Yemen, a provincial security official told Xinhua on Sunday.

Lieutenant Colonel Nabil Aklan, deputy director of the investigation unit in the northeastern province of Marib, was gunned down by a group of al-Qaida militants in front of a supermarket, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"The attack bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida," the official said.

A medical official of the hospital said, "Aklan was killed by three gunshots in his shoulder, under his heart and in the knee."

Marib, some 173 km northeast of the capital Sanaa, is a key stronghold of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), according to local officials.

Late in 2009, the resurgent al-Qaida regional wing claimed credit for killing Lieutenant Colonel Bassam Tarboush, a top officer in the investigation unit in Marib.

The international community have put heavy pressures on Sanaa to solve its internal conflicts and focus on fighting Yemen-based al-Qaida regional wing.

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