Gunmen kill Yemen judge known for al-Qaeda prison sentences

2015-12-05 18:56
Demonstrators chant slogans to support al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as they carry al-Qaeda flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul. (File, AP)

Demonstrators chant slogans to support al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as they carry al-Qaeda flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul. (File, AP)

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Sanaa - Yemeni security officials say masked gunmen have killed a prominent judge who was known for sentencing al-Qaeda militants to prison in the southern port city of Aden.

They say gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Saturday on Judge Mohsen Alwan's vehicle in Aden's Mansoura neighbourhood, killing him and three others.

No one immediately claimed the attack, but officials suspect al-Qaeda's Yemen branch was behind it. Al-Qaeda militants have previously used motorcycles in their assassinations.

Al-Qaeda has recently made land grabs in southern and eastern Yemen, exploiting the chaos of the country's larger conflict, which pits Shi’ite Houthi rebels allied with a former president against the internationally recognised government and a Saudi-led and US-backed coalition.

The officials spoke anonymously because they are not authorised to brief the media.

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