Militants in Yemen kill man suspected of being gay

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security official say militants have shot dead a 20-year-old man suspected of being gay in the latest attack targeting homosexuals in the conservative Muslim country.

Security officials say at least 33 people have been killed in similar attacks in the past two years. Most of the extrajudicial killings took place in the southern province of Abyan in 2011 when al-Qaida was in control of large swaths of territory.

Homosexuality is not a punishable crime in Yemen, but is viewed as forbidden by society.

Security officials say the man killed Tuesday was shot in the street by unidentified gunmen in Lahj province. Officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to speak to media.

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