Coming just days after Al Qaeda gunmen shot and killed a Yemeni man accused of being gay, it appears another man has been attacked under similar circumstances.
Mohammad Saeed, 25, was standing outside his home in Huta, the capital of the southern Lahj province, when a gunman shot and wounded him, the official said.
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.
During their control of areas in south Yemen, the Islamist militants imposed a strict version of Sharia (Islamic law) on residents, executing or lashing those they accuse of various crimes.
No further details on Saeed's condition have been released.