Yemeni military officer killed in bombing in south

AP News
Posted: Sep 25, 2013 7:27 AM
Yemeni military officer killed in bombing in south

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni military official says an army officer was killed by a bomb planted in his car by suspected al-Qaida militants.

The official says the bomb went off on Wednesday as the officer was driving from work in the southern city of Ataq in Shabwa province, once an al-Qaida stronghold.

The official says the explosion, which had all the hallmarks of al-Qaida, also wounded two people. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Yemen is fighting a war against al-Qaida's local branch, considered by Washington as one of the world's most dangerous offshoots of the terror network.

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The branch has carried out large suicide attacks and assassinations in the past years, including killing two officers in drive-by shootings this week.