Russian Military Expert Shot Dead In Yemen

A Russian military expert was killed and another injured on Tuesday when gunmen driving a motorbike opened fire on them in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, local media reported.

The two were advisers to the Yemeni armed forces, the Barakish news website said.

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Drive-by shootings and abductions have increased since the 2011 uprising against long time leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012.

Last week, a lawmaker was assassinated by assailants on a motorbike in Sana’a.

Authorities have blamed the violence on militants linked to al-Qaeda.

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On Monday evening, 12 suspected members of al-Qaeda were killed in an air raid on the restive southern province of Abyan, according to a website affiliated with the defence ministry.

Yemen is a stronghold of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and US drone strikes aimed at Islamist militants in Yemen have increased in recent month.

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Militants have repeatedly called for attacks on foreign diplomats and embassies.

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