Intelligence officer killed in Yemen

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A Yemeni intelligence officer has been killed by two gunmen who shot him as they drove by on a motorcycle, according to the country's Defence Ministry on Saturday.

Officer Mutei Baqutian was killed near his office in the south-eastern city of Mukalla, reported the 26 September website, which is affiliated with the Defence Ministry and quotes its news releases, dpa reported.

Earlier this month, a senior intelligence official was killed in the same city. The government has blamed al-Qaeda militants for such attacks.

Insurgents linked to the terrorist network took advantage of a popular uprising last year and strengthened their presence in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country, mainly in the south.

The Yemeni army, backed by US drones, has since April been pursuing a high-profile campaign against al-Qaeda-linked radicals.

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