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11 December 2023

Gunmen kill Yemeni police officer

Tribal fighters loyal to Yemen's government ride in the back of a pick-up truck in Al Khurais village of Nihm district east of the capital Sanaa January 11, 2016. (Reuters)

By Agencies

Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday killed a Yemeni police officer who worked at the airport in the violence-plagued second city of Aden, security officials said.

Lieutenant Colonel Amin Shaef, from the airport's investigation unit, was leaving his home in the Mansura district when the assailants opened fire before fleeing, the sources said.

There has been a growing number of attacks and assassinations in Aden, the government's temporary capital, targeting members of the security forces and government officials.

Al Qaeda and the rival Daesh groups are both present in the city, occupying government buildings, and are frequently seen patrolling several districts and intimidating civilians.

"The regular security forces have taken over most of the state institutions, including the airport and the port of Aden, to secure the city," Aden Governor Aidarus Al Zubaidi said during a joint news conference Tuesday with Police Chief General Shallal Ali Shayae.

Shayae said that security services loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi are committed to securing Aden "in stages", starting with a night-time curfew declared earlier this month.

Zubaidi and Shayae survived a car bombing that targeted their convoy in Aden on January 5 and killed two of their guards.