'Qaeda' kills Yemen intelligence officer

'Qaeda' kills Yemen intelligence officer
In a separate incident, Yemenis gather on the site of a suicide car bombing at the security headquarters in Yemen's southern city of Aden on December 31, 2013. At least three soldiers were killed in what appeared to be an Al-Qaeda attack, police said.

ADEN - Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen on Thursday killed an intelligence officer in the south Yemen port city of Aden, a security official said.

Colonel Marwan al-Maqbali was leaving his house in Al-Qalua neighbourhood when he was fired on from a car carrying gunmen "suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda", the official said.

Two bullets hit Maqbali who died before reaching hospital, and his assailants escaped, the source added.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been blamed for most of the increasingly common hit-and-run strikes targeting military personnel and officials.

The jihadist group rarely claims responsibility for such attacks, but did admit being behind a brazen daylight assault on the defence ministry in Sanaa that killed 56 people on December 5.

AQAP took advantage of a decline in central government control during Yemen's 2011 uprising to seize large swathes of territory across the south.

The militants were driven back in June 2012 by a military offensive and the group has been further weakened by US drone strikes.

AQAP is considered by Washington to be the most dangerous affiliate of the Al-Qaeda network.

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