Tags: Al-Qaida | yemen | al-qaida

Suspected Islamist Gunmen Assassinate Yemeni Colonel

Saturday, 18 May 2013 07:15 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

ADEN, Yemen — Gunmen shot dead a senior Yemeni military intelligence officer who had been targeted for assassination by al-Qaida-linked militants, a local security official said.

Colonel Abdullah al-Rabaki was walking home in the city of Mukalla in Hadramawt Province late on Friday when the gunmen shot him six times with a revolver fitted with a silencer, the official said. They escaped on a motorbike.

Leaflets from Islamist militants allied to al-Qaida had previously been circulated in the city on Yemen's south coast, calling for Rabaki's assassination, the official said.

Tackling lawlessness in Yemen, which lies near important oil shipment routes and flanks the world's biggest oil exporter Saudi Arabia, is an international priority for the United States and other Western countries. It is home to an al-Qaida wing that has planned international bomb plots.

More than 60 army and security officers have been assassinated in the country's southern provinces in the past two years as government forces attempt to wrestle back control of areas seized by militants during the chaos of the Arab Spring.

As well as battling an Islamist insurgency in the south, the government faces a southern separatist movement and a revolt among some tribes in the impoverished country's north.

 

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Syrian Rebels Make Last Stand for Homs

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 11:41 AM

Weakened Syrian rebels are making their last desperate stand in Homs, as forces loyal to President Bashar Assad launch t . . .

Syria's Chemical Weapons Wild Card: Chlorine Gas

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 11:22 AM

Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal which promised to  . . .

Iran Admits Nuclear Agency Reshuffle to Pave Way for Talks

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 10:52 AM

President Hassan Rouhani's government confirmed rumors on Monday it had reshuffled the leadership of Itan's atomic agenc . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved