Aide: Yemen’s PM escapes assassination attempt

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Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa has escaped an assassination attempt by gunmen who opened fire on his motorcade and fled, Reuters reported an aide to the premier as saying on Saturday.

Four unknown gunmen opened fire on the convoy in central Sanaa as the prime minister was returning home from his office, Ali al-Sarai told Reuters.

The attack did not leave anyone injured, al-Sarai added.

Basindwa became prime minister late 2011 after President Abd Rabbuah Hadi appointed him.

Basindawa was travelling in an armoured car when the gunmen in a four-wheel drive opened fire before fleeing, the security source said.

It was the first such attack to target the premier, who was a leading opposition figure under Saleh, and several members of his government have also escaped assassination bids.

Tens of military and security officials have been assassinated in southern and eastern Yemen in the past two years after an Islamist insurgency sprang up.

Stability in Yemen is seen as important beyond the country’s own borders because of its location next to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and international shipping routes.

It is also home to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which Washington says is the al-Qaeda’s most dangerous arm.

(With Reuters and AFP)

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