Posted at: 10/11/2012 1:59 PM
Updated at: 10/11/2012 2:00 PM
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 and was on his way to work today when he was shot by a masked gunman on a motorcycle.
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.
The Yemeni officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the victim had been a lead investigator into last month's assault on the compound by Yemenis protesting the film that mocked the Prophet Muhammad, But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says he wasn't involved in the investigation.
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.
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