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Yemeni colonel kills 'Al-Qaeda brother,' avenged by nephews

Members of the Shiite Houthi rebel movement inspect a vehicle damaged in recent clashes between Houthi fighters and Yemeni security forces on June 21, 2014 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS)

ADEN: A Yemeni army colonel shot his brother to death for belonging to Al-Qaeda and was then gunned down by his nephews in revenge, a tribal chief said Saturday.

The double murders took place Friday in the central Baida province of Yemen, where government forces have been battling militants from the Islamist network, the source said.

Lt. Col. Salah Barkani shot dead his brother, Alawi, when the middle-ranking Al-Qaeda operative came to visit relatives in the village of Mikras, the tribal chief said.

When Alawi's sons learned of the incident, they went and killed their uncle, he added.

The violent settling of family scores is common in Yemen, a country awash with firearms.

 

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