Unknown assailants shot and killed a leader of the Yemeni Shi'ite Muslim Houthi group in Sanaa on Tuesday while he was on his way to attend reconciliation talks in the Yemeni capital, officials at the talks said.
They said the gunmen opened fire on Ahmad Sharafeddin, a former dean of the
school of law at Sanaa University. Sharafeddine died on the spot.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the assassination, but another
Houthi leader, Abdulkarim al-Khiwani, accused hardline Sunni militants
of carrying out the attack.
The Houthi group has fought hardline Sunni Salafis in northern Yemen since October
before a ceasefire was reached earlier this month to relocate the
Salafis to another city some 250 km (155 miles) away. But clashes have
continued in other parts of northern Yemen with tribesmen allied to the