2021-10-10 14:08:42 Several killed in Yemen blast targeting Aden governor | Conflict News
Several killed in Yemen blast targeting Aden governor | Conflict News
Governor Ahmed Lamlas and Agriculture Minister Salem al-Suqatri were both injured by a car bomb that killed at least four others.
According to news reports, at least four people were killed in a car bombing targeting the governor’s convoy in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.
Governor Ahmed Lamlas and Agriculture Minister Salem al-Suqatri, both members of a southern Yemeni separatist group, survived the blast, but at least four people were killed, according to Reuters, citing security and military sources.
Lamlas is the secretary-general of the Southern Transitional Council (STC), a separatist group vying with the Saudi-backed government for control of Aden and the rest of Yemen’s south.
Al-Suqatri is also a member of the STC, which is backed by the UAE and has seen infighting among its ranks.
According to an STC military spokesman, at least five people were injured, including three civilians, one of whom was a child.
The government and the STC are nominal allies in a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement. Instability in the south complicates peace efforts led by the United Nations.
In March 2015, the military alliance intervened in Yemen, months after the Houthis deposed the internationally recognized government in Sanaa.
The government is headquartered in the south, while the Houthis control the majority of the north.
Yemen is also the home of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which conducts regular attacks on fighters aligned with the country’s authorities.
Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed and millions have been displaced in Yemen’s conflict, which the UN has dubbed the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.