SANAA, Yemen – Security officials in Yemen say suspected al-Qaida-linked gunmen have shot and killed a senior intelligence officer.
The security officials said Hassan al-Mansouri was killed Saturday in Labous, in the southern Lahj province, following a day of clashes between local tribesmen and suspected members of al-Qaida in the area. They say Al-Mansouri had organized local tribes in a campaign to weed out the militants from the area.
The officials said they suspect the officers' killers are from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Washington considers the group as the most dangerous al-Qaida branch to threaten U.S. interests, and has waged drone attacks against it in Yemen.
Yemen security forces also battle against the group, which has killed security officials in the past.