Gunmen kill 3 Yemeni air force colonels

Gunmen kill 3 Yemeni air force colonels
Wed May 8, 2013 12:24:02

Unknown gunmen have killed three Yemeni air force colonels from the strategic Al-Anad air base in the southern province of Lahij, a military official says.

"Gunmen shot dead three pilots with the rank of colonel north of Huta (the provincial capital) as they were heading towards Al-Anad air base," said an army official said on Wednesday.


The official speaking on the condition of anonymity added that the assaulters were "suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda."


Al-Qaeda loyalists have carried out a spate of deadly attacks against Yemeni security forces since President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, successor to toppled dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, came to power in February 2012.