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SANAA, Yemen (AP) A Yemeni military official says a suspected al-Qaida militant has killed an officer, the second drive-by shooting targeting senior officers in as many days in the capital, Sanaa.

The official says a lone attacker on a motorcycle gunned down Col. Ali al-Deilami, head of finance at the city's military hospital, while he was on his way to work Tuesday morning.

The official says the attacker used a gun fitted with a silencer and fled the scene. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Two gunmen riding a motorcycle killed an air force colonel on Monday in Sanaa.

Yemen is fighting a war against al-Qaida's local branch, considered one of the most dangerous. It has carried out several large suicide attacks and assassinations in the past years.