World Bulletin/News Desk
Suspected militants shot dead the deputy governor of Yemen's central al-Bayda province on Tuesday, a security official said.
Adel al-Asbahi, the provincial security head of al-Bayda, said on the Defence Ministry website that armed men opened fire on Hussein Dayyan as he was leaving his home. Provincial officials said they fled on motorbikes.
The officials said they believe the assailants were militants linked to al Qaeda, and that security forces were hunting for them.
Yemen has been hit by turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in office. Authorities have since struggled to rein in rival political factions and tribes, southern separatists and insurgents.
Al Qaeda militants have stepped up their attacks against local security and government officials in recent months.
Al-Bayda has suffered security incidents in the past. In December, 15 people on their way to a wedding were killed by an air strike after their party was apparently mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy, according to local officials.
The Yemeni government said in a statement at the time that senior militants were targeted in the air strike.
The statement did not say who carried out the air attack.Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2014, 13:29