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Two police officers escape assassination in Yemen’s Aden

National Yemen

National Yemen

ADEN, Yemen, March 8 — Two police officer survived an assassination in an armed attack in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Friday evening, which left two bodyguards injured, a government official told Xinhua.

The two police officers of anti-terrorism unit escaped an assassination when gunmen with automatic rifles attacked their military vehicle in Aden, injuring two of their bodyguards, the local official said on condition of anonymity.

“Masked gunmen intercepted the officers’ car while they were coming back from their workplace in Aden’s district of Tawahi, but they escaped unscratched. But two bodyguards were injured by gunshots,” the government source said.

On Wednesday, unknown gunmen on motorbikes shot dead a security officer in the southeastern province of Hadramout.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot often target the security forces and government officials.

In January 2009, al-Qaida affiliates in Saudi Arabia and Yemen officially merged and formed Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula ( AQAP).