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Saudi Military Official Killed by Armed Men in Yemen, SPA Says

November 28, 2012

Gunmen killed a Saudi Arabian military official in Yemen after he left his house with a bodyguard, the Saudi Press Agency said, citing an unidentified official with the kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Yemeni bodyguard of Saudi Sergeant Khalid al-Onizi was also killed in the attack by two gunmen in the capital Sana’a, the official SPA said.

This was the second assault on a Saudi official in Yemen this year. In March, unidentified gunmen kidnapped Abdullah al- Khalidi, Saudi Arabia’s deputy consul in the Yemeni port city of Aden. In August, Al Jazeera television reported that he was released by suspected al-Qaeda militants.

Last month, a U.S. embassy security official in Sana’a was shot and killed by an unidentified gunman. Yemen, which borders Saudi Arabia and Oman, has been battling militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula with U.S. military support.

Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s biggest economy, helped broker an accord to end popular unrest that led to Ali Abdullah Saleh stepping down as president in November last year.

To contact the reporters on this story: Deema Almashabi in Riyadh at dalmashabi@bloomberg.net; Mohammed Hatem in Dubai at mhatem1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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