Police Officer Gunned Down in South Yemen

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A police officer was gunned down in a motorcycle drive-by shooting Tuesday in a region of southeast Yemen where al-Qaida carries out frequent attacks, a local official said.

"Two armed men suspected of belonging to al-Qaida opened fire at the officer, Mahmoud al-Nakhii, who was in a police car in the main street of Ghayl Bawazir," a town in Hadramawt province, he told Agence France Presse.

He said the officer was killed on the spot and the assailants on a motorbike fled.

In the neighboring province of Lahij, six soldiers were wounded as suspected al-Qaida gunmen attacked a camp for the security forces in Huta, a security official said.

Last Thursday, an intelligence officer was assassinated in another drive-by shooting by assailants on motorcycles in the Hadramawt provincial capital of Mukalla.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has intensified its attacks on security forces in Yemen, mainly in its lawless southern and eastern provinces where jihadist groups are active.

The Islamist network has taken advantage of the weakening of the Sanaa central government since a popular uprising that toppled president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011.

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