SANA'A, Yemen - Gunmen in Yemen opened fire on the car of a Saudi Arabian army officer working with his embassy's military section on Wednesday, killing him and his Yemeni bodyguard, officials from both countries said.
Yemeni officials said the Saudi officer, who had diplomatic status, was traveling to the embassy when he was shot by gunmen wearing army uniforms in another car. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.
Saudi Arabia maintains close ties with Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world and home to an al-Qaeda branch considered to be the terror network's most dangerous. The militant group is active on the Yemeni side of the two countries' border, and has drawn Saudi nationals into its ranks there.