Employee of US embassy in Yemen shot dead

2012-10-11 16:02
Protesters run as police open fire into the air near the US Embassy in Yemen. (AP, File)

Protesters run as police open fire into the air near the US Embassy in Yemen. (AP, File)

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Cairo - The chief of investigations at the US embassy in Yemen was shot dead on Thursday, reported local media, a month after the embassy was attacked.

Masked gunmen on a motorcycle intercepted the car of Qassem Aqlan, a Yemeni national who had worked for 20 years at the US embassy, fired on him and fled, reported the independent newspaper Al Watan.

The assailants targeted Aqlan as he was on his way to the embassy in central Sana'a, said the paper.

Aqlan acted as a co-ordinator between the Yemeni government and the US in connection with investigations into an attack by protesters angered by an anti-Islam video on the embassy last month, said the Dubai-based broadcaster Al Arabiya.

Elsewhere, insurgents linked to al-Qaeda executed three government soldiers in the province of Mareb in eastern Yemen, said the independent website Change, citing local sources.

The bodies of the soldiers were later dumped near a checkpoint where they had been kidnapped, the report added. It did not say when the soldiers were kidnapped or executed.

The Yemeni army launched in April a high-profile campaign, backed by US drones, against strongholds of Islamist radicals with suspected ties to al-Qaeda.

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