Suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed a local police chief near his home in Yemen's southeastern Hadramawt province, a security official told AFP on Saturday on condition of anonymity.
The official said Mubarak Barafaa, head of a criminal investigation unit, was cut down by machinegun fire late on Friday close to his house in Ghayl Ba Wazir, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) northeast of provincial capital Mukalla.
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He was fatally wounded and died soon afterwards in hospital in Mukalla, added the official, saying the gunmen, "who were probably members of Al-Qaeda," made good their escape.
No group has yet admitted responsibility for the murder, but Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is very active in southern and eastern Yemen where attacks on the security forces are regularly blamed on the jihadists.