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Thursday 17 April 2014

Iranian diplomat shot dead in Yemen

Yemeni soldiers stand guard in front of the Iranian ambassador's residence in Sanaa (AP)

An Iranian diplomat has been killed in a drive-by shooting in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Three security officials said the diplomat was leaving the Iranian ambassador's house in the city's southern Hadda neighbourhood when assailants opened fire on his car.

The officials said the diplomat, who is in charge of administrative affairs in the embassy, was wounded and later died in the hospital. A medical official confirmed the diplomat's death.

Relations between Iran and Yemen have soured over what Sanaa calls Iranian meddling in its domestic affairs. Another Iranian diplomat was abducted by gunmen in July and remains in captivity.

AP

Press Association

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