World Briefs: Yemeni security official killed in capital

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A Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa was gunned down Thursday in an apparent al Qaeda follow-up to the Sept. 11 attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

The victim, a Yemeni national named Qassem Aqlani, was slain by a masked gunman on a motorcycle in a drive-by shooting near Mr. Aqlani’s home as he was on his way to work at the embassy on the other side of town, according to Yemeni officials.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” the U.S. State Department said a statement. “We are working with Yemeni authorities.”

The shooting was similar to several others that have targeted Yemeni military, security and intelligence officials in the turbulent and impoverished Arab nation in recent weeks.

The attacks have been attributed to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni affiliate of the terrorist network.

AFGHANISTAN

Girls’ school hit in bomb attack

KABUL — Men armed with bombs have attacked a girls’ school in central Afghanistan, following a string of such assaults by Taliban insurgents, President Hamid Karzai said Thursday.

The unidentified attackers hurled explosives into the school late Wednesday, causing considerable damage but no injuries, according to a statement from Mr. Karzai’s office.

The statement did not blame the Taliban for the attack in normally calm Bamyan province, but the hard-line Islamist group banned girls from attending school when they were in power and have regularly targeted pupils and their schools.

GREECE

Unemployment rises above 25 percent

ATHENS — Unemployment in Greece hit a record high of 25.1 percent in July as the country’s financial crisis continues to exact its heavy toll, official figures showed Thursday.

And all indications are that unemployment in Greece will be heading higher for some time to come.

The country is widely predicted to enter a sixth year of a recession. It already has seen economic output slump by a quarter and youth unemployment push to well more than 50 percent.

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