Image taken on May 1, 2014 and made available by the Yemeni Ministry of Defense on May 2, 2014 shows Yemeni troops taking part in a military operation against suspected militants near the southern Abyan province village of Maajala
Image taken on May 1, 2014 and made available by the Yemeni Ministry of Defense on May 2, 2014 shows Yemeni troops taking part in a military operation against suspected militants near the southern Abyan province village of Maajala © - Yemeni Ministry of Defence/AFP/File
Image taken on May 1, 2014 and made available by the Yemeni Ministry of Defense on May 2, 2014 shows Yemeni troops taking part in a military operation against suspected militants near the southern Abyan province village of Maajala
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Last updated: October 31, 2014

Al Qaeda gunmen kill Yemen police officer and soldier

Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed a Yemeni police officer and a soldier in two separate attacks in the south of the strife-torn country, security sources said Friday.

"Two Al-Qaeda gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed commander Fadl al-Majidi on Thursday night in downtown Huta," capital of Lahij province, a security source told AFP.

The assailants were able to flee the scene.

Farther south in Mahfad, a town in Abyan province, gunmen fatally wounded a soldier in his barracks on Thursday night, said another security source who blamed Al-Qaeda.

Yemen has fallen deeper into turmoil since an uprising forced out autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012 after a year of unrest, with rivals, including Shiite rebels and Al-Qaeda, battling each other.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, a merger of the jihadist network's Yemeni and Saudi branches, is seen by the United States as Al-Qaeda's deadliest offshoot.

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