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Suspected al-Qaeda bomb kills Yemeni general

A bomb exploded in the car of General Ahmed Mohammed Saleh al-Omari, killing him and wounding his son

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A senior Yemeni army officer was killed on Saturday when a bomb planted in his vehicle exploded in the main southern city of Aden, a military official said, blaming al-Qaeda.

"A bomb exploded in the car of General Ahmed Mohammed Saleh al-Omari, logistics and supplies officer of the third military region... wounding him and his son” in Aden’s Al-Mansura district, the source said.

Both were hospitalized but Omari later died of his wounds, the official and a medical source said.

Yemeni authorities blame Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has been branded by Washington as the extremist network's deadliest franchise, for most attacks on members of the security forces.

In late April, the army launched a ground offensive against AQAP in Shabwa and nearby Abyan provinces, both in the south.