Al Qaeda Militants in Yemen Kill Man After Accusing Him of Being Gay: Report

A pair of Al Qaeda militants in Yemen shot and killed a man because they suspected he was gay, according to a police source, AFP reports:

YemenThe attackers from the Ansar al-Sharia group, which is on the US terror list, opened fire at 20-year-old Hashem al-Asmi late Monday in the provincial capital of Huj, the source told AFP, adding that the gunmen fled on their motorbike after killing Asmi.

The attackers who "accused the man of being gay… belong to Ansar al-Shariah," the source said on condition of anonymity.

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

Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:21am ETC by Andy Towle
in News, Yemen