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Yemen: Frenchman killed, another wounded in Sanaa

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AHMED AL-HAJ | May 5, 2014 10:09 AM EST | AP

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Unknown gunmen in Yemen's capital opened fire on three French security guards working with the European Union mission on Monday, killing one and wounding another, interior ministry officials said.

The officials said gunmen in a car fired at the three walking in a street not far from the French embassy and near the residence of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The reason behind the attack is not yet known, but suspected al-Qaida militants have killed several foreigners in Yemen over the past two years.

In another attack earlier Monday, suspected al-Qaida militants killed a security officer in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Sanaa.

Security officials said the attackers opened fire from a car in downtown Sanaa, killing Mohammed Qawza of the Defense Ministry's linguistics institute. The assailants fled the scene of the shooting.

The officials said that also on Monday, a roadside bomb targeted a military bus in Sanaa's Old City, wounding two passers-by.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The U.S.-backed Yemeni army has been trying to defeat al-Qaida's local branch, considered the terror network's most active.

Hundreds of journalists, writers, poets and others rallied in Sanaa on Monday in support of the army's campaigns against al-Qaida.