Governor of Yemen's city of Aden killed in car bomb attack

Governor of Yemen's Aden city, Jaafar Mohammed Saad killed in car bomb attack targeting his car claimed by DAESH

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People look at the wreckage of a car at the site of the a car bomb attack that killed the governor of Yemen's southern port city of Aden December 6, 2015

Updated Dec 7, 2015

Governor of Yemen’s Aden city, Jaafar Mohammed Saad was killed in a car bomb attack on Sunday.

Intially Reuters had said a suicide bomber rammed his car into the convoy of Saad killing him and six other people.

DAESH terrorist organisation claimed the attack on the governor with a statement saying they detonated an explosive-laden car while his convoy was passing.

Earlier reports had claimed his convoy was hit by a rocket propelled grenade.

Saad was appointed the governor of Yemen’s second largest city in October, after the return of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to the city in September.

Hadi had to flee the country in March as Iranian backed Houthi militias captured most of the country after dissolving the parliament.

A Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes against Houthis in late March and pro-Hadi forces retook Aden in July.

Over 32,000 casualties have been reported in the on-going civil war in Yemen, with about 5,700 killed in mid-March, including 830 women and children, according to UN.

Currently, 82 percent of Yemen’s population is in desperate need of humanitarian aid to meet their basic needs or protect their fundamental rights, including security and safety of civilians and provision of essential services.

TRTWorld and agencies