Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen on Thursday (January 17th) killed a Yemeni security officer in Dhammar province, south of Sanaa, Yemen's official news agency Saba reported.
Col. Abdullah Abdul Wahab al-Mawshiki, assistant provincial security chief for security affairs, was on his way home from work when two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on him with pistols, killing him instantly, the news agency said.
Security agencies are now conducting large-scale investigations to identify those involved in the attack, the agency reported.
According to the Yemeni Interior Ministry, at least 44 people -- 40 policemen and four civilians -- were killed by gunmen on motorcycles in 2012.
Earlier this year, the ministry launched a campaign in Sanaa to impound motorcycles without license plates in an attempt to limit these repeated attacks.