SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi says "terrorists" were behind the assassination of a security official for the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.
Hadi, according to Yemeni official TV, sent condolences to the family of Qassem Aqlani, who was killed in drive-by shooting by a masked militant on a motorcycle near his house on Thursday.
The killing, the latest episode in an assassination campaign aimed at top military and security officials, raised concerns the country's al-Qaida offshoot is getting bolder after suffering defeats this year in a U.S.-Yemeni military offensive.
Washington considers Yemen's al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula as the world's most dangerous branch of the terror network. In addition to drone strikes, the U.S. is supporting the government's fight against al-Qaida by providing help with logistics and military advisers.