Gunmen on Sunday shot dead the top anti-narcotics police officer in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, the latest shooting in a city rattled by a string of unsolved killings, security officials said.
They said the gunmen opened fire on the car in which Col. Fadl Sael was traveling along with two members of his security detail, instantly killing all three.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Aden has seen an upsurge in killings in recent months, including a spate of drive-by shootings targeting Muslim clerics and top counterterrorism officials. Simultaneously, the city has seen a hike in the narcotics trade, something that residents say is a byproduct of a security vacuum.
This comes as the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, expressed optimism about a breach in the wall of the Yemeni crisis, noting that he will inform the Security Council on November 16 of the dates of the Yemeni talks expected between the Yemeni government and the Houthis.