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ADEN, Yemen, A security official of Yemen's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was assassinated by unknown assailants, in the southern port city of Aden, according to a local police source.

Unidentified assailants opened fire on Colonel Mohamed Abdu, an official of the Criminal Investigation Department, in Aden's neighbourhood of Shaykh Othman, and fled the scene unscathed, the police source said.

No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, that resulted in the killing of the security official.

Saturday's killing came several days after a Daesh-claimed suicide car bombing targeted the CID building in Aden and killed more than 47 people.

The southern port city of Aden is considered as Yemen's temporary capital and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government based itself there since 2015.

During the past two years, the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and other terrorist groups, including the Daesh, had an active presence in Yemen's southern part.

Saudi Arabia leads an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015, to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after Iran-backed Houthi rebels, forced him into exile.


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