Intelligence officer, 2 others killed in Yemen

An explosive device exploded at the car of tribal leader Ali Aboud al-Sherif, killing two people and injured three others

Intelligence officer, 2 others killed in Yemen

World Bulletin/News Desk

A Yemeni intelligence officer was shot dead by unknown assailants on Monday in the country's central al-Bayda province, a local official has said.

"Unknown attackers shot Nasser al-Weheshi, an officer with the Political Security Organization [Yemen's internal security and intelligence-gathering force], near a restaurant in the city of al-Bayda," the official, who requested anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

"The assailants managed to escape after the attack and they are yet to be identified," he said.

There has been no claim of responsibility and Yemeni authorities have yet to comment on the attack.

Meanwhile, two people were killed and three others injured in a bomb blast that targeted a pro-Houthi tribal leader in the eastern Maarib province on Monday, a security source has said.

"An explosive device exploded at the car of tribal leader Ali Aboud al-Sherif, killing two people and injured three others," the source was quoted as saying by the Defense Ministry's website.

An investigation has been launched into the attack, the source said.

A local official earlier told The Anadolu Agency that the tribal leader's son had been killed and three others were injured in the blast.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

Al-Sherif is seen a supporter of the Shiite Houthi group, which seized control of the capital Sanaa in September.

Houthis have emerged as an important political and military force in Yemen when it controlled the capital in September and then moved on to control other areas.

The rise of Houthis, however, has pitted the movement against Sunni tribes across Yemen and al-Qaeda, which is also powerful in Yemen.

Yemen has been in turmoil since the ouster of long-serving President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012.

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