The policeman shot him through the back with five bullets aiming for the heart, before his bloodied corpse was strung up from a crane for all to see.

Hussein al-Saket, 22, was convicted of abducting, raping and murdering a four-year-old girl, who he later buried, according to Rajeh Ezzedine, a judge who attended the execution.

Ali Ayedh, the victim’s uncle, said Saket “took part in the search for the girl before being unmasked” as her killer during the police investigation.

He said his public execution would act as a “deterrent for criminals”.

Saket was brought to Tahrir Square in Sanaa – which the Shiite Huthi rebels have controlled since 2014 – before being forced to lie face-down on the ground.

A cop then stood over him with an AK-47 assault rifle before firing down repeatedly into his body.

The policeman shot him through the back with five bullets aiming for the heart, before his bloodied corpse was strung up from a crane for all to see.

The event was the second such execution in as many weeks after another man was shot in the same square for a similar crime.

 The convicted paedo is forced to lie face-down on the ground in front of a crowd

Muhammed al-Maghrabi was convicted of raping and throttling three-year-old Rana Almatari after snatching her off the street.

Both executions have been framed as an example of the Shiite rebels’ efforts to combat crime in their areas. 

The Iran-backed Huthis have been locked in a brutal war with the Saudi-backed government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi for more than two years.

More than 8,300 people have been killed and millions displaced in the conflict – while some 2,000 have died of cholera since April.

The UN has described Yemen as “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world,” with 10million civilians in acute need of life-saving aid as the country teeters on the brink of famine.

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The policeman shot him through the back with five bullets aiming for the heart, before his bloodied corpse was strung up from a crane for all to see. Hussein al-Saket, 22, was convicted of abducting, raping and murdering a four-year-old girl, who he later buried, according to Rajeh Ezzedine, a...