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Yemen security official assassinated

SANA, Yemen — A Yemeni intelligence officer was slain in a drive-by shooting by unidentified gunmen Wednesday in the capital, Sana, in the latest attack against security forces in the country, officials said.

Officials say at least 55 military, intelligence, and police officers have been killed in Yemen since mid-2011. Most of the assassinations focused on individuals working in counterterrorism operations.

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The officials say Mohammed El-Fil was shot in the head by assailants on a motorbike.

Last month, two senior officers were assassinated by militants in a drive-by shooting just outside the capital.

Officials say they believe that Al Qaeda is waging a retaliation campaign against top officials after an offensive pushed militants out of strongholds in southern Yemen.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s air force, backed by US drones, has struck militant hideouts in several areas of Yemen.

Tribal officials said the airstrike killed Adnan Al-Qadi, a militant.

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