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Military figure killed in Yemen

Suspected al-Qaida gunmen have killed a military intelligence official in central Yemen, according to security officials.

Officials say Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed el-Mamari was shot on his way home on Sunday. He was walking to his car after work when two unidentified gunmen killed him in the central province of Bayda. The officials spoke anonymously in line with regulations.

Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen is active in Bayda. The US is believed to have carried out drone strikes on militants there.

Separately, hundreds of supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh burnt tires along a main road in the capital Sanaa on Sunday to protest his successor, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The protests come after clashes erupted on Friday when a group of soldiers loyal to Saleh tried to storm the presidential palace.

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