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    Alleged al-Qaeda Fighters Kill Top Yemeni Journalist Close to Houthis

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    Abdul Kareem Khaiwani, a prominent Yemeni journalist close to the Houthi rebels, the de-facto ruling party in the country, was killed Wednesday by militants allegedly belonging to al-Qaeda, a source in the country's security services told Sputnik.

    SANAA (Sputnik) — The militants shot the journalist on a busy street in central Sanaa, Yemen's capital.

    "He was shot in the head and died at the scene," the source said.

    Yemen has recently seen a surge in al-Qaeda attacks.

    The country is currently controlled by the Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah (Partisans of God), a Shiite insurgent group that on February 6 dissolved the Yemeni parliament and created a its own presidential council.

    The fighters claim their actions will protect civilians from terrorism and end tribal discrimination by the previous government.

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