Yemeni security officials on Saturday said that masked gunmen killed a prominent judge who was known for sentencing al-Qaeda militants to prison in the southern port city of Aden.
They say gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Judge Mohsen Alwan’s vehicle in Aden’s Mansoura neighbourhood, killing him and three others.
No one immediately claimed the attack, but officials suspect al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch was behind it. Al-Qaeda militants have previously used motorcycles in their assassinations.
Al-Qaida has recently made land grabs in southern and eastern Yemen, exploiting the chaos of the country’s larger conflict, which pits Shiite Houthi rebels allied with a former president against the internationally recognized government and a Saudi-led and US-backed coalition.
The officials spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to brief the media.