Russian military advisor shot dead in Yemen: security

Russian military advisor shot dead in Yemen: security
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SANAA - Two gunmen on a motorbike on Tuesday shot dead a Russian military advisor and wounded another as they left a hotel in the Yemeni capital, a security official said.

The gunmen fled after opening fire on the experts, who worked as advisors to the Yemeni army, the official said.

The Russians were gunned down as they walked out of a hotel in Baynouna street in southern Sanaa. Security forces immediately cordoned off the scene of the attack.

Many Russian experts are believed to serve as advisors to the Yemeni army, which uses mainly Russian weapons.

Hit-and-run assassinations are frequent in Yemen and are mostly blamed on Al-Qaeda militants, or stem from tribal and political conflicts.

Last week, a Yemeni MP representing the Zaidi Shiite rebels was shot dead in a similar attack.

Abdel Karim Jadban died after two gunmen riding a motorbike shot him as he walked out of a Sanaa mosque.

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