Suspected al-Qaida militants killed a senior army officer in front of his home in the capital Sanaa, Yemen’s Defense Ministry said.
The ministry said in a statement Saturday that two men on a motorcycle opened fire at Brigadier-General Abdullah al-Mehdar, a member of the committee assigned to restructure the armed forces, and fled.
Yemeni media said Sunday that al-Mehdar was seriously injured last year in a bomb explosion, also in front of his home, and was flown to Jordan for treatment.
Meanwhile, a Yemeni security official said a U.S. drone attacked targets Saturday in the province of al-Bayda, a militant stronghold, but could not provide further information. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to brief the media.
Yemen’s branch of al-Qaida, also known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, is seen by Washington as the most dangerous in the world and has been linked to several attempted attacks on the U.S. homeland.
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Washington has been assisting Yemeni counterterrorism forces with logistics, training and drone attacks. The militants have fought back, targeting government buildings and security forces.