Governer of Yemen’s Aden Province killed in rocket attack
Yemeni security officials say governor of the embattled southern province of Aden has been assassinated after his convoy came under a rocket-propelled grenade attack.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the incident took place when Jaafar Mohammed Saad was travelling with his entourage in the Tawahi district of the port city of Aden, situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a, on Sunday morning.
They said several members of his convoy also died in the act of terror.
The development came only a day after unknown gunmen assassinated the chief of the Aden-based anti-terrorism court, Mohsin Alwani, along with four of his bodyguards close to a market in the Mansoura neighborhood of Aden.
The gunmen managed to flee the scene after the drive-by shooting.
Also on Saturday, unidentified armed men fatally shot a senior intelligence officer in Aden.
A few hours following the incident, Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. A statement posted on Twitter by the terrorist group said it was behind the attack on the convoy of Jaafar Saad as it traveled through Aden’s Tawahi neighborhood early Sunday.
Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March. The Saudi military strikes were launched to supposedly undermine the Ansarullah movement and bring fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, back to power.
More than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured since March. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools and factories.
There have been increased warnings that the aggression could strengthen the grip of terror groups across Yemen. Ansarullah revolutionaries have repeatedly declared the fight against extremism and terrorism as one of their major objectives.