By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com July 17 2013 11:30 AM ET
Two members of an Al-Qaeda linked group fatally shot a man in Yemen after accusing him of being gay.
Hashem al-Asmi, 20, was gunned down by members of Ansar al-Sharia, a group on the U.S. terror list, in the provincial capital of Huj. According to the Agence France-Presse, the alleged gunmen fled the scene shortly after the shooting.
Ansar al-Sharia is Yemen's local arm of Al-Qaeda, which has been gaining traction in the southern and eastern parts of the country.
Homosexuality is not considered to be legal in Yemen, and the punishment for same-sex relationships between men is death, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.