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Yemen intelligence agent ‘knifed near US embassy’

Filed on November 19, 2010

Two knife-wielding men attacked and seriously wounded a Yemeni intelligence agent near the US embassy in Sanaa on Friday, witnesses and medics said.

Armed with traditional jambiyas or curved daggers, the men set upon Colonel Ibrahim Abbas as he was making his way to a mosque at about 5:00 am (0200 GMT) in Sanaa’s northeast, the witnesses said.

The intelligence officer suffered stab wounds to his neck and back, before he was rushed to hospital where medical officials said his condition was “serious.”

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the jihadist network’s Yemeni branch, claimed responsibility after a similar pre-dawn attack in which gunmen wounded 10 intelligence agents in the capital on September 25.

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