Suspected Islamist militants shot and killed a Yemeni man Thursday because they believed he was gay, according to law officials.
One of two men riding a motorcycle shot at the young Yemeni man outside his house in Huta, located in the capital of Lahij province.
The gunmen were both able to escape before police arrived.
Police have blamed the shooting on the al-Qaeda affiliated group called Ansar al-Sharia.
Police reported that this was the sixth shooting since the start of last year related to an al-Qaeda affiliated group. Similar killings have occurred in Abyan and Aden.
The group is currently imposing Islamic law in areas of Abyan where it has greater influence.
- Suspected Islamists kill Yemeni man for being gay: report (washingtontimes.com)
- Yemen gunmen kill suspected homosexual: police (dailystar.com.lb)
- Al-Qaeda Militants Gun Down Suspected Gay Man in Yemen (advocate.com)