U.S. Embassy Employee Killed

A Yemeni man was shot and killed by gunmen on his way to work at the U.S. Embassy in Sana early Thursday morning. The car carrying Qassem Aqlan, who headed an embassy security team, was shot at by masked attackers on a motorcycle. “This (assassination) operation has the fingerprints of al Qaeda which carried out similar operations before,” a source told Reuters. Assassination attempts have been frequent since Yemen’s Army cleared Islamist fighters out of many towns earlier this year, while the U.S. has been on high alert for its embassy staff overseas since the ambassador to Libya was killed with three others on Sept. 11 in Benghazi.