Gunmen killed an Iranian diplomat in a drive-by shooting in Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday, AP reported.
Iranian state TV later announced that Ali Asqar Asadi, Iran's economic attaché in Sanaa, was assassinated. The broadcast said Asadi was attacked while driving and suffered four gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach.
A Yemeni official told AP that the gunmen first attempted to kidnap the diplomat by stopping his car. When the diplomat resisted, the assailants shot him and fled the area, which is a busy commercial district.
Another Iranian diplomat was abducted by gunmen in July and remains in captivity.
Al-Qaeda for Arabian Peninsula is believed to be behind the attacks. Iran has been actively supporting the Shia insurgent group, the Houthis, in the ongoing sectarian conflict in Yemen.
Photo credit: Iranian Ambassador's residence in Sanaa, Yemen. Saturday, January 18, 2014. (Hani Mohammed/AP)