Suicide bomber targets police chief in Yemen, kills 7

Suicide car bombing targets police chief’s house in Yemeni city Aden, killing seven people

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A car burns at the site of a car bomb attack outside the house of the director of security for Yemen's southern port city of Aden, Brigadier General Shalal Ali Shayyeh in Aden January 17, 2016

A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a police chief's house in a failed assassination attempt in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday, killing seven people, after assailants killed two other security officials elsewhere in the country.

Brigadier General Shalal Ali Shayyeh survived a similar assassination attempt last month, as did the governor of the province earlier this month. Aden's previous governor was killed in an attack claimed by a local DAESH affiliate.

Ambulances raced to the police chief's house after the explosion, which could be heard across the city, witnesses said. Officials said an armoured vehicle blocked the suicide car bomber meters from the gates of the house. Seven people were killed and 12 injured after the explosion ripped through a bus that was passing by.

Yemen has been mired in a conflict pitting the Shiite Houthi rebels against the country's internationally-backed government which is allied with a Saudi-led coalition. The fighting has killed more than 5,800 people since last March, when the coalition began striking Houthi targets from the air.

The chaos has allowed a powerful local Al Qaeda affiliate and a more recently formed branch of the DAESH terrorist group to expand their reach, including in Aden, Yemen's commercial hub.

US drones have carried out a number of strikes since the start of the year targeting Al Qaeda militants, according to security officials and witnesses, who said drone strikes killed 13 militants on Sunday in Jaar, a town seized by Al Qaeda last year

TRTWorld, AP