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Amnesty calls on Yemen to investigate killing of southern activist, calls it deliberate

Smoke rises from the site of a car bomb explosion in Radda town,100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the capital Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Shiite rebels’ checkpoint and a house south of the Yemeni capital Tuesday, as a school bus traveling nearby killing at least 25 dead including at least 15 primary school students, Defense Ministry, rebels and witnesses. (AP Photo)

Smoke rises from the site of a car bomb explosion in Radda town,100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the capital Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Two suicide car bombers rammed their vehicles into a Shiite rebels’ checkpoint and a house south of the Yemeni capital Tuesday, as a school bus traveling nearby killing at least 25 dead including at least 15 primary school students, Defense Ministry, rebels and witnesses. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Amnesty International has called on the Yemeni authorities to investigate the killing of a prominent southern activist after his group accused the police of targeting him during a peaceful protest.

Khalid al-Junaidi, 42, was shot dead in his car Monday as he was documenting the response to calls for civil disobedience in the southern city of Aden. Protesters in Aden have been camped out in the streets since October demanding the south separate from the north after a union formed in 1990 failed to address the region's problems. Al-Junaidi was released from prison last month after he was accused of being behind the unrest in the south.

The police declined comment on al-Junaidi's killing. Amnesty in a statement late Monday called the killing "deliberate" and an "extrajudicial execution."