A Saudi diplomat was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, this morning, Al Arabiya television reported, citing diplomatic sources. According to reports from the scene, Khaled Al-anzy was leaving his house in the Hada area of the capital at 11am when uniformed men began firing.
The force of the shots were so strong that the diplomat’s car was overturned.
The diplomat was with his bodyguard who was also killed alongside his employer.
According to Reuters, a spokesman for the Saudi Foreign Ministry in Riyadh confirmed the killing of the diplomat and said the ministry would issue a statement shortly.
Yemen has been grappling with a number of security problems, including the local offshoot of al Qaeda.
Last month, the Yemeni chief of security at the US embassy in Sanaa, Qassem Aqlani, was assassinated. Aqlani was reportedly shot dead while on his way to work by a gunman on a motorcycle who fled the scene.
In March this year the Saudi deputy consult, Abdullah Khaled, was kidnapped in Aden in the South of the country.