Security officer at US Embassy in Yemen killed

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A security official who worked for the U.S. Embassy in Yemen has been assassinated in a drive-by shooting in the Yemeni capital.

Yemeni security officials say the victim had worked for the U.S. Embassy for nearly 20 years, most recently as a lead investigator into last month's assault on the compound by Yemenis protesting the film that mocked the Prophet Muhammad. He was on his way to work today when a gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at him and fled.

Officials say the attack bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida. It resembled a series of other recent assaults by Al-Qaida's Yemen branch targeting Yemeni intelligence, military and security officials.

An elite team of about 50 Marines was sent to Yemen to bolster security at the U.S. Embassy after the Sept. 13 attack. Officials say the Marines were scheduled to leave today. It's not clear if the attack would affect those plans.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

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217-v-29-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Gunmen have killed a security officer who worked for the U.S. Embassy in Yemen. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. ((subs for cuts 178 and 179, which have been withheld)) (11 Oct 2012)

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179-c-15-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"of the country"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports the head of security at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen has been shot dead. (11 Oct 2012)

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178-v-27-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Gunmen have killed the chief of security at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (11 Oct 2012)

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