ADEN The governor of Yemen’s Aden province Jaafar Mohammed Saad was killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed his auto into the governor’s convoy in the western component of Aden city, residents and a regional official mentioned.
They mentioned at least six of his entourage also died in the attack, which occurred although the governor was heading to function. Numerous other individuals had been also wounded in the bombing.
The sources had earlier mentioned attackers had employed rocket-propelled grenades to target Saad.
No one quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, but Islamist militants are operating in the city, 4 months soon after supporters of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and a mostly Gulf Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia drove Iran-allied Houthi fighters from Aden, Yemen’s second largest city.
Saad, a former common in the army of the former southern Yemen ahead of the Marxist state merged with northern Yemen in 1990, was appointed governor in October.
Hadi returned to Aden from Saudi Arabia final month, almost eight months following he fled to escape the Houthi advance. He has been attempting to shore up security in the city and oversee fighting against the Houthis in the province of Taiz, north of Aden.
(Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari, writing by Sami Aboudi Editing by Dominic Evans)