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Yemeni security officer for US Embassy killed

SANA, Yemen — A masked gunman assassinated a Yemeni security official who worked for the US Embassy in a drive-by shooting Thursday near his home in the capital, officials said, adding that the assault bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch.

The attack comes amid a sharp deterioration of security in Yemen and several other Muslim countries since the collapse of police states controlled by autocratic leaders during a wave of uprisings known as the Arab Spring.

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