By Nasser Arrabyee/21/12/2011
The colonel Mahmoud Saleh Al Tawus was assassinated nearby his house in Al Hawta, the capital of the southern province of Lahj, said local source early Wednesday.
Al Tawus was driving black Vitara car when a gunman believed to Al Qaeda member motorcycle shot him dead and escaped away, said the sources who know the family of the assassinated officer.
There is increasing concern with the people that Lahj may become like Abyan which witnessed many assassinations by motorcycles before it fell under the control of Al Qaeda last May.
Earlier on Tuesday, the government arrested 7 Al Qaeda operatives in the southern province of Shabwah before they implemented their plan to assassinate officials and attack installations in the capital of Shabwah, Atak.