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ADEN, Yemen, A commander of pro-government police forces, in Yemen's southern province of Taiz, was killed, in an exchange of fire with unknown attackers, a security official told Xinhua.

The unknown attackers opened fire and killed Brigadier Mohamed Abdullah, the commander of police force in Misrakh district of Taiz province, the security source said, on condition of anonymity.

Four of his bodyguards were also killed, after they engaged in an exchange of gunfire with the attackers, the security source said.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but police sources in Taiz said, they suspected terrorist militants had carried out the attack.

"Suspected terrorist elements set up an ambush and assassinated him because of the responsibility he had, it's clear," a police officer said.

The assailants had fled the scene to unknown locations, and that a manhunt was underway, the police officer added.

Meanwhile, fresh street gun fights broke out between rival pro-government militias in Taiz province, causing unknown casualties, according to residents.

Taiz province has for long been under total blockade and witnessed indiscriminate shelling by the Shiite Houthis, who control most parts of Taiz province.


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