A senior Yemeni intelligence officer was shot dead on Monday by militants suspected to be linked to al-Qaeda, while an army general escaped a separate ambush in eastern Yemen, security sources said.
The intelligence officer, Colonel Nasser Ahmed, was targeted was he was driving in the southern city of al-Bayda, the sources told Reuters.
In a separate attack, suspected al-Qaeda militants planted bombs on a road on which General Abdulrahman Al Hulaili’s convoy was traveling near al-Qatan in eastern Hadramout province, security sources and local officials said.
The attackers also opened fire on the convoy. Three of Hulaili’s bodyguards were wounded but the general, the head of the First Military Region, was unharmed, the sources said.
Authorities have not yet identified the attackers but said the ambushes mirrored scores of previous attacks blamed on al Qaeda that had killed more than 200 army officers in different areas of Yemen in the past three years.