Gunmen in Yemen shoot dead senior anti-narcotics policeman

Gunmen opened fire on the car in which Col. Fadl Sael was traveling along with two members of his security detail. (File/AFP)
Updated 28 October 2018

Gunmen in Yemen shoot dead senior anti-narcotics policeman

  • Aden has seen an upsurge in killings in recent months, including a spate of drive-by shootings targeting Muslim clerics and top counter-terrorism officials
  • Gunmen opened fire on the car in which Col. Fadl Sael was traveling along with two members of his security detail

SANAA, Yemen : Yemen security officials say gunmen have shot dead a senior anti-narcotics police officer in the southern port city of Aden.
They say 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 counter-terrorism officials.
Yemen has since 2015 been caught in a civil war pitting a Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-backed Houthi militia who control much of northern Yemen and its capital, Sanaa.
Aden is controlled by the coalition.


Hezbollah says 2 Israeli drones downed in south Beirut

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Hezbollah says 2 Israeli drones downed in south Beirut

  • Israelii jets earlier attacked targets near Syria’s capital of Damascus to pre-empt an alleged Iranian drone attack plot

BEIRUT: A Hezbollah official said Sunday that an Israeli drone went down over the Lebanese capital of Beirut and another exploded in the air, amid regional tensions between Israel and Iran.
Residents of the Iranian-backed group’s stronghold in southern Beirut reported one large explosion that shook the area early Sunday, triggering a fire. They said the nature of the blast in the Moawwad neighborhood was not immediately clear, but said it might have been caused by an Israeli drone that went down in the area amid Israeli air activity in neighboring Syria.
They said they heard an aircraft flying just before the blast and reported later that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group sealed off the area. The blast occurred near the militant group’s media office in the Moawwad district.
The Hezbollah official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as the person was not authorized to speak on the record to journalists. No details were immediately available.
Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon regularly and have struck inside neighboring Syria from Lebanese airspace on numerous occasions.
A few hours earlier, late Saturday, the Israeli military attacked targets near Syria’s capital of Damascus in what it said was a successful effort to thwart an imminent Iranian drone strike on Israel, stepping up an already heightened campaign against Iranian military activity in the region.
The late-night airstrike, which triggered Syrian anti-aircraft fire, appeared to be one of the most intense attacks by Israeli forces in several years of hits on Iranian targets in Syria.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Al Quds force, working with allied Shiite militias, had been planning to send a number of explosives-laden attack drones into Israel.
On Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the attack by Israeli warplanes a “major operational effort.”
Syrian state TV said the country’s air defenses had responded to “hostile” targets over Damascus and shot down incoming missiles before they reached their targets.
In recent days, US officials have said that Israeli strikes have also hit Iranian targets in Iraq.