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Yemen officer shot dead day after roadside bombing

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AHMED AL-HAJ | May 26, 2013 03:02 PM EST | AP

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SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni security officials say a security officer has been shot dead by gunmen on a motorcycle in a restive province where high-level intelligence officers have been assassinated in the past and where al-Qaida is active.

They say Maj. Majid Muttayr died after he was shot by men with a firearm affixed with a silencer on Sunday in al-Qutn district in southeastern Hadramawt province.

The officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The shooting comes a day after two Yemeni soldiers were killed and four others injured by a roadside bomb in the same province.

Washington considers al-Qaida's branch in Yemen one of the group's most active and dangerous.

The U.S. is believed to have carried out deadly drone strikes in Hadramawt in the past.