Yemeni general killed in 'Qaeda' ambush

AFP , Saturday 8 Dec 2012

Al-Qaeda attacks a Yemeni military convoy killing a general and a colonel eastern of Sanaa

General Nasser Naji bin Farid, commander of military forces in central Yemen, was killed on Saturday in an ambush, army and tribal sources said, blaming Al-Qaeda.

"The convoy of General Bin Farid was attacked near Marib by armed men," a military source said of the incident in the city, 140 kilometres (87 miles) east of Sanaa.

Another officer, Colonel Hamid al-Qaher, was also killed, while gunmen wounded some of the soldiers in the convoy and seized two vehicles and several firearms, a tribal source said.

Both said the attack bears the hallmark of Al-Qaeda.

The militant group has carried out multiple attacks against army and security services mostly in the south and east of Yemen where it is well established.

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