Yemen: "terrorists" killed US embassy worker

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Associated Press

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 8:33 PM

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi says "terrorists" were behind the assassination of a security official for the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

Hadi, according to Yemeni official TV, sent condolences to the family of Qassem Aqlani, who was killed in drive-by shooting by a masked militant on a motorcycle near his house on Thursday.

The killing, the latest episode in an assassination campaign aimed at top military and security officials, raised concerns the country's al-Qaida offshoot is getting bolder after suffering defeats this year in a U.S.-Yemeni military offensive.

Washington considers Yemen's al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula as the world's most dangerous branch of the terror network. In addition to drone strikes, the U.S. is supporting the government's fight against al-Qaida by providing help with logistics and military advisers.

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