Gunmen shot dead a high-ranking Yemeni army officer Monday in the country's southeastern Hadramawt province as he was heading to work, a military official told AFP.
The unknown assailants opened fire on Colonel Ahmed al-Suhaili, commander of a military camp in Hadramawt's city of Seiyun, the official said on condition of anonymity.
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The defence ministry confirmed the attack on its website 26sept.net and said Suhaili responded by shooting at the assailants who were in a vehicle and wounded one of them before he died.
It said a search was on to hunt down the attackers but did not blame any particular group for the assault on Suhaili.
Members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the network's deadliest branch, frequently carry out hit-and-run attacks against intelligence and army officials, especially in the lawless south and east.
They generally use unregistered motorbikes to facilitate their escape.