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Yemen's al Qaeda wing says targeted Aden governor with bomb attack-SITE

by Reuters
Saturday, 16 July 2016 08:36 GMT

ADEN, July 16 (Reuters) - Yemen's al Qaeda wing has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that targeted the governor of the southern city of Aden, according to U.S. monitoring group SITE.

Security officials said on Friday that a car packed with explosives blew up when the convoy of governor, Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, passed by in the Inma area of Aden. One soldier was wounded in the attack but Zubaidi was unhurt.

SITE cited a brief statement by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on its Telegram channel on Friday saying it had detonated a bomb in a parked vehicle.

It said both Zubaidi and Aden police chief, Shallal Shayei, were in the vehicle, but gave no further details.

A civil war has raged for more than a year in Yemen and insecurity has gripped the port city, the temporary seat of Yemen's embattled government.

Zubaidi was appointed governor of Aden after his predecessor was killed in a car bombing on Dec. 6 claimed by Islamic State, AQAP's main rival in Yemen. Attackers have tried several times before to kill him in car bomb blasts.

A mostly Gulf Arab alliance led by Saudi Arabia intervened in the civil war in March to support the government and fight the Houthi movement, which it accuses of being a proxy for its regional arch-rival Iran. (Writing by Sami Aboudi)

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