Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Qassem Aqlan on Thursday while he was driving along the capital’s Sittin avenue, the official also said.
The assailants managed to escape the scene of the attack. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the deadly incident.
Meanwhile, a US diplomat said that Aqlan was coordinating a Yemeni and US investigation of an attack on the US embassy in Sana’s by anti-US demonstrators angry over a blasphemous anti-Islam film produced in the United States.
Yemenis staged several demonstrations outside the US embassy in Sana’a and other cities across the country to voice their outrage over the film that insults Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Yemeni security forces clashed with protesters many times, firing warning shots and using water cannons to prevent angry protesters from approaching the embassy building.
Washington deployed over 100 Marines from the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) to Yemen to help protect its embassy during anti-American protests.