Officials in Yemen say gunmen killed the security official in charge of investigating the September attack on the U.S. Embassy. The official has been identified as Qassem Aqlan, a Yemeni national who had worked at the embassy for almost 20 years.
According to the Interior Ministry, Aqlan was shot to death in his car while traveling on Siteen Street in the capital of Sanaa. The gunmen pulled up alongside his vehicle on a motorcycle. A senior official said such attacks “are currently al Qaeda’s main tactic” because they are “easier for terrorists to coordinate and plan for.”
The U.S. Embassy was attacked in September amid protests over the Youtube video “Innocence of Muslims.” The movie ridicules Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. “Innocence of Muslims” was written and produced by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian immigrant living in California. Nakoula used the pseudonym Sam Bacile for the film and recent interviews.
The protests first erupted on September 11 outside U.S. embassies in Cairo, Egypt and Benghazi, Libya. The Benghazi demonstrations led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Protests then spread across northern Africa and the Middle East.
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