'Al-Qaida' kill intelligence chief

Suspected al-Qaida-linked gunmen have shot and killed a senior Yemen intelligence officer, officials said.

'Al-Qaida' kill intelligence chief

Suspected al-Qaida-linked gunmen have shot and killed a senior Yemen intelligence officer, officials said.

The security officials said Hassan al Mansouri was killed today in Labous, in the southern Lahj province, following a day of clashes between local tribesmen and suspected members of al-Qaida in the area.

They say Mr al Mansouri had organised local tribes in a campaign to weed out the militants from the area.

The officials said they suspect the officers’ killers are from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Washington considers the group as the most dangerous al-Qaida branch to threaten US interests, and has waged drone attacks against it in Yemen.

Yemen security forces also battle against the group, which has killed security officials in the past.

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