U.S. Embassy Worker Killed In Yemen
There was another attack in the Middle East that bears all the hallmarks of terrorism:
SANA, Yemen — A senior Yemeni officer working in the United States Embassy in Sana was killed Thursday in an attack that security sources said bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda.
Witnesses said that two men on a motorcycle drove up alongside the car of the embassy employee, Kasem Aklan, and one of them opened fire, killing him. Mr. Aklan was in the west of the city on his way to work at the embassy, which is in the eastern part of the capital.
Mr. Aklan had worked at the embassy for about 20 years, an embassy official and security sources said. In his most recent position there, he was an investigator helping to look into the violence at the embassy last month in which protesters breached the outer security perimeter.
The demonstrations were part of wider regional unrest that was attributed to a video mocking the Prophet Muhammad. The American ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in an attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi along with three colleagues as the violent protests spread to nearly 20 countries across the Middle East and beyond.
Mr. Aklan also served as a security coordinator between the embassy and the Yemeni government, the officials said. He had applied for American citizenship, an associate said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on Mr. Aklan.
Militants have attacked official targets in Yemen in response to the government’s campaign against Al Qaeda cells.
It seems fairly clear that this was a targeted attack and not just some random act of violence, so one can assume that the assassins were aware of Aklan’s ties to the embassy.