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Tribal chief 'killed by al Qaida'

A prominent tribal chief has been killed in an ambush in Yemen, in an apparent revenge attack by al Qaida for his security links.

Yemeni security officials said suspected al Qaida militants fatally shot Ali Abdul-Salam and wounded two of his guards as they rode in his vehicle in the southern province of Abyan.

Security and tribal officials said Mr Abdul-Salam, an elected local council member in Shabwa province, was accused by militants of providing information to security agencies and foreign intelligence which led to the targeting of al Qaida members.

The Yemeni government, backed by the US, has been going after al Qaida militants who have established strongholds in the south.


From Belfast Telegraph