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Gunmen in Yemen kill Saudi army officer

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 28, 2012 at 6:38 a.m. Updated November 28, 2012 at 9:18 a.m.

— Gunmen in Yemen opened fire on the car of a Saudi Arabian army officer working with his embassy’s military section Wednesday, killing him and his Yemeni bodyguard, officials from both countries said.

Yemeni officials said the Saudi officer, who had diplomatic status, was traveling to the embassy when he was shot by gunmen wearing army uniforms in another car. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Saudi Arabia maintains close ties with Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world and home to an al-Qaida branch considered to be the terror network’s most dangerous. The militant group is active on the Yemeni side of the two countries’ border, and has drawn Saudi nationals into its ranks there.

Saudi Arabia’s official news agency confirmed the attack and said an investigation had been launched. The Saudi officer was part of the security detail for the military attachi to Yemen, it said, adding that the gunmen who attacked him were wearing uniforms of the “central security forces.”

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