x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Man accused of being homosexual shot dead in Yemen

Two militants from a group affilliated with Al Qaeda shot dead a Yemeni man in the southern Lahj province, police say.

ADEN // Two militants from a group affilliated with Al Qaeda shot dead a Yemeni man in the southern Lahj province, a police source said.

The attackers from the Ansar Al Sharia group, which is on the US terror list, opened fire on 20-year-old Hashem Al Asmi late on Monday in the provincial capital of Huj, the source said.

The gunmen fled on a motorbike after killing Al Asmi, whom they accused of being a homosexual.

Ansar Al Sharia is the local branch of Al Qaeda in Yemen where the network, although weakened, is still active in the southern and eastern parts of the country.