Police colonel and guard shot dead in southeastern Yemen

Published February 17th, 2015 - 06:30 GMT

A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said two armed men on a motorcycle sprayed with bullets the car carrying Colonel Murad al-Amudi, deputy director of the criminal investigation department in Hadhramaut’s provincial capital of Mukalla on Tuesday.

The official added that Amudi and his bodyguard died on the spot and the assailants later sped off and their whereabouts remain unknown.

On February 13, al-Qaeda-affiliated militants gunned down a Yemeni military pilot, identified as Colonel Mahmoud al-Naqib, in the southwestern province of Lahij.

In a similar incident, al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia terrorists launched an attack against the camp of Yemen’s 19th Infantry Brigade in the town of Beihan on February 12 and took full control of the government army base. Eight soldiers and four militants were killed in the process.

A local official said the militants took “30 tanks, 90 military vehicles, 25 armored vehicles and 28 artillery pieces.”

Yemeni government forces handed over their remaining arms to local tribesmen a day later and withdrew from Beihan.

Over the past months, al-Qaeda militants have frequently carried out attacks on Yemen’s security forces. The militants have been also engaged in battle with the Ansarullah fighters of the Shia Houthi movement.

The central government in Sana’a has so far failed in efforts to rid the country of the threats posed by the militants. 

Ansarullah fighters, who played a major role in the 2011 ouster of Yemen’s former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, have intervened to fill the vacuum, driving the al-Qaeda militants out of many areas in the country. 

Ali al-Emad, an Ansarullah leader, recently said Saudi Arabia supports the al-Qaeda militants operating in Yemen in order to control oil and service centers in the provinces of Marib and Hadhramaut. 

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