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Saudi Diplomat, Bodyguard Shot Dead In Yemeni Capital

A Saudi diplomat working in neighboring Yemen and his local bodyguard were shot dead on Wednesday in the Yemeni capital Sana, reports quoting the Saudi Embassy and local security officials said.

Khalid AL-Nazi, the assistant military attaché at the Saudi embassy, and his security assistant, were attacked near the Saudi official's residence in Bait Bataan district, a southern suburb of the capital near Hadar district, in the morning.

The gunmen, reportedly disguised as members of the security services, chased Nazi's car before opening fire, and the vehicle flipped as the driver tried to escape.

Hadar is a high-security region, hosting foreign embassies and diplomatic residences.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the second similar incident in as many months targeting foreign diplomats in Yemeni capital.

Al-QED in the Arabian Peninsula (ASAP) was suspected to have carried out the killing of a security official at the U.S. Embassy in Sana in October.

Saudi Arabia's official news agency Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said "the Yemeni security authorities in collaboration with the Saudi ambassador to Yemen have already started investigation to know the circumstances and motives behind the crime and to bring the offenders to justice." The Saudi Foreign Ministry is preparing to bring the body of its diplomat to the kingdom, SPA added.

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