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Gunmen in Yemen kill Saudi army officer

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 11:50am  ET

AHMED AL-HAJ
Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Gunmen in Yemen opened fire on the car of a Saudi Arabian army officer working with his embassy's military section on 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 attach
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