Last updated: 20 January, 2012

Three Yemen police shot dead in Aden attack

Unidentified gunmen shot dead three policemen in the centre of southern Yemen’s largest city, Aden, on Friday, police said.

The assailants opened fire at a police checkpoint before torching a police vehicle at the scene and fleeing, the source added.

While no one was immediately blamed, Al-Qaeda-linked militants have carried out numerous attacks on government officials in the south.

Deadly incidents have been on the rise in recent months as militants exploit a central government weakened by months of protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The group controls a number of towns in the south and is attempting to extend its influence to Aden.