Yemen: "terrorists" killed US embassy worker

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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 file photo, a worker repairs the damaged gate of the main entrance of the US embassy in the capital Sanaa, Yemen. A drive-by shooting that killed a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 raises concern that al-Qaida militants here are bouncing back and getting bolder after suffering defeats this year in U.S.-Yemeni military offensive. Al-Qaida has carried out a string of assassinations of top government and military officials, reportedly has a hit list to kill more and has called for attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 file photo, a worker repairs the damaged gate of the main entrance of the US embassy in the capital Sanaa, Yemen. A drive-by shooting that killed a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 raises concern that al-Qaida militants here are bouncing back and getting bolder after suffering defeats this year in U.S.-Yemeni military offensive. Al-Qaida has carried out a string of assassinations of top government and military officials, reportedly has a hit list to kill more and has called for attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi says "terrorists" were behind the assassination of a security official for the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa.

Hadi, according to Yemeni official TV, sent condolences to the family of Qassem Aqlani, who was killed in drive-by shooting by a masked militant on a motorcycle near his house on Thursday.

The killing, the latest episode in an assassination campaign aimed at top military and security officials, raised concerns the country's al-Qaida offshoot is getting bolder after suffering defeats this year in a U.S.-Yemeni military offensive.

Washington considers Yemen's al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula as the world's most dangerous branch of the terror network. In addition to drone strikes, the U.S. is supporting the government's fight against al-Qaida by providing help with logistics and military advisers.

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