Six dead in Aden car bomb attack on officials, minister says
ADEN, October 10 (Reuters) – A car bomb targeting the governor’s convoy rocked the southern Yemen port city of Aden on Sunday, killing at least six people and injuring seven, the information minister said. on Twitter.
Governor Ahmed Lamlas and Agriculture Minister Salem al-Suqatri, both members of a southern separatist group, survived a “terrorist assassination attempt,” the state news agency said.
The governor’s press secretary and his photographer, the head of his security service and a fourth companion as well as a civilian passer-by were killed in the attack, a local government source said.
A blanket-covered body lay in the street next to a charred vehicle in the al-Tawahi district, which houses the headquarters of the Southern Transitional Separatist Council (STC). Firefighters and police were deployed to the scene.
Lamlas is the secretary general of the STC, which competed with the Saudi-backed government for control of Aden and southern Yemen. STC has also experienced internal quarrels within its ranks. Read more
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. STC spokesman Ali Al-Kathiri blamed militant Islamist groups.
Information Minister Moammar Al-Eryani said the attack was aimed at destabilizing government-controlled areas and stressed the need to fully implement a Saudi-brokered pact aimed at ending a struggle for power in the south.
The government and the STC are nominal allies in a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.
Tensions simmered following a deal that saw the formation of a new cabinet including members of the STC. A planned redeployment of troops from both sides outside of Aden has yet to materialize.
Instability in the south is complicating United Nations peace efforts to end the war in Yemen that has killed tens of thousands of people and left 80% of the population in need.
The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis overthrew the government in the capital Sana’a, forcing it to rebase in the south. The Houthis hold most of the north.
Reporting by Reyam Mokhashef and the Yemen team; written by Ghaida Ghantous; edited by David Goodman and Jason Neely
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