The governor of Aden has been killed, following a car bomb, claimed by the Islamic State, in the southern Yemeni port city.
A car bomb, responsibility for which was claimed by Islamic State militants, has killed the governor of Aden. A local official, and residents, said that at least six members of General Jaafar Mohammed Saad’s entourage had been killed in the attack.
It reportedly targeted the governor as he headed to work. Several other people were also wounded in the attack.
The Islamic State released a statement, posted via the messaging service it often uses, saying that its militants had detonated a car, laden with explosives, aimed at Saad’s convoy in Aden’s Tawahi district. The terror group promised more operations and attacks against what it described as “the heads of apostasy in Yemen”.
The Islamic State’s local branch in Yemen has stepped up attacks in the country, since the outbreak of the country’s civil war, emerging as a rival to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), who have been the main militant group in Yemen in recent years.
Aden, a major port city in southern Yemen, is where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is based from, since returning from exile in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, to oversee the ongoing civil war against Iran-allied Houthi forces.