Yemeni army intelligence officer killed in explosion

Guards inspect the damaged car of a Yemeni politician after a bomb placed under his parked car exploded in Mukalla city of Hadramout Province.

A Yemeni army intelligence officer has been killed by a bomb planted in his car in the southern city of al-Ataq, a military official says.

The incident took place in al-Ataq, the capital of the volatile southern province of Shabwa, near the city’s vegetable market on Wednesday.

The victim has been identified as Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed al-Saidi. Some reports, however, suggest that he was killed after a bomber detonated his explosive-laden car in the market.

Two people were also injured in the explosion. Yemeni authorities have blamed al-Qaeda for the blast as Shabwa was once a stronghold of the terrorist group.

The incident was Yemen’s third assassination this week. A Yemeni air force officer was shot dead by gunmen in the capital, Sana’a, on Tuesday, a day after gunmen killed another colonel at a busy intersection in the city.

On Friday, militants attacked three police and army positions in Shabwa Province, killing at least 56 security personnel.

It was the deadliest attack against the Yemeni army since May 2012, when 100 soldiers were killed after a bomber, who was reportedly wearing an army uniform, blew himself up among a group of soldiers during a military parade rehearsal in Sana’a.

By Press TV


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