Qaeda kidnaps Yemeni officer, two killed: Official

Masked Al Qaeda armed men stopped a bus and kidnapped a Yemeni officer.

Updated: May 15, 2011, 22:39 PM IST

Aden: Al Qaeda militants have
kidnapped an intelligence officer Sunday in Yemen`s south while
unknown gunmen killed a soldier and a policeman in separate
attacks, a security official said.

"Masked Al Qaeda armed men stopped a bus in Loder," in
Abyan province, which has become one of the jihadists`
stronghold, and "abducted a Yemeni intelligence officer named
Fadhel Ahmed Mohsen," said the official.

In Zinjibar, Abyan`s provincial capital, "unknown
armed men on a motorbike shot dead a soldier," said the same
official who requested anonymity.

In a separate attack, also in Zinjibar "unknown armed
men attacked two policemen... killing one and seriously
wounding the other," he added.

Such attacks are frequent in the impoverished south
Arabian Peninsula country, where Al Qaeda fighters have
regrouped in lawless regions.

Yesterday, six Yemeni soldiers were killed in a tribal
revenge attack in the southeastern province of Al-Baida, a
tribal leader and a security official said.

State news agency Saba described the assailants as a
"terrorist group."
In Abyan, also yesterday, a security official said
that "unknown armed men on a motorbike shot dead a policeman,
Hamzah al-Saadi, and fled."

Yemen has been gripped by deadly protests since late
January calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh
who has been in power since 1978.

Besides an Al Qaeda resurgence, the impoverished
country is battling a secessionist movement in the south and a
Shiite rebellion in the north.

Bureau Report