Gunmen shot dead a senior Yemeni intelligence officer in an overnight attack that targeted him on his way home in the eastern province of Hadramawt, a security official told AFP.
"Two unidentified gunmen on a motorbike intercepted Colonel Shakir Awad al-Bani, who was heading home also on a motorbike, wounding him" before fleeing, the official said, adding that Bani later died of his wounds.
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Members of the security forces frequently come under attack by gunmen especially across south and east Yemen, where Al-Qaeda militants are still active.
An anti-Qaeda offensive by the military ended the control in June of jihadist militants in a string of towns and cities which they had held across the south for a year.