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Iranian diplomat Ali Asghar Assadi killed in Yemen
Sunday January 19, 2014 6:37 AM, IANS

Unidentified gunmen killed an Iranian diplomat in a drive-by shooting in Yemen's capital city Saturday.

"The Iranian diplomat, Ali Asghar Assadi, was killed on the spot in a terrorist attack on Saturday," reported Xinhua citing Yemen's news agency of Saba.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi condemned the attack, saying it targeted the Yemen-Iran relationship.

Meanwhile, the country's security sources said the Iranian diplomat died of wounds in hospital as the gunmen fired more than 10 shots against him.

Unidentified gunmen shot at a car belonging to the Iranian embassy near the Iranian ambassador's residence in downtown Sana'a, a security official in the Yemeni interior ministry said.

"The diplomat who is in charge of finance at the Iranian embassy in Sanaa was shot on Saturday afternoon by gunmen driving a car near a supermarket on the Hadda street in downtown the capital, about 100 metres north of the Iranian embassy," the official said requesting anonymity.

Iranian government strongly condemned the deadly terror attack.

"A terrorist group attacked an Iranian embassy's diplomat in a Sana'a street and tried to kidnap him. But due to the resistance of the diplomat they started shooting," Xinhua quoted Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying, and adding that "he died due to severe injuries".

While strongly condemning the attack, the official said: "Iran is seriously following up the terrorist attack with the concerned Yemeni officials."

The gunmen fled the scene after firing more than 10 shots at the diplomat on the busy street, he added.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assassination.


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