Gunmen Kill Yemeni Colonel

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Unidentified gunmen shot dead an intelligence officer in south Yemen on Saturday, a security official said.

Lieutenant Colonel Mutei Baqatyan, a member of the state security apparatus in the city of Mukalla, was targeted by two gunmen on a motorbike, the security official told Agence France Presse, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"He died instantly," the official added.

Deadly attacks on members of the security forces are common in Yemen, which is going through a difficult political transition after year-long protests forced veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit in November 2011.

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