Al Qaeda assassinates Yemeni pilot

Sanaa, Sep 24 (IANS) Suspected Al Qaeda gunmen shot dead a Yemeni pilot here Monday, an air force spokesperson said.

Colonel Abdul-Wahab Azzam was killed after he left al-Dailamy Air Force Base to drive home in the afternoon, said Major Sadik Ali.

Azzam was intercepted by two suspected Al Qaeda attackers riding a motorcycle on a main street, around five km southeast of the air base, Ali said, citing an initial investigative report into the incident.

The Yemeni government has repeatedly blamed militants of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) for a series of assassinations against army personnel since last year.

The AQAP has carried out a series of assassinations and suicide attacks against the Yemeni military for revenge.

In August, the AQAP bombed a bus which was carrying air force personnel near the air base in Sanaa, killing at least 12 people and injuring a dozen others.

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