Bomb hits governor's office in Yemen's Aden, four dead

People walk past a building damaged by fighting recent between Houthi militants and fighters of the Southern Resistance, in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden. (Reuters)

A bomb attack on the governor’s temporary headquarters in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden on Thursday killed four people and wounded 10 others, security officials and medics said.

Governor Nayef al-Bakri was unharmed in the blast at the headquarters of the Aden Faculty of Administrative Sciences, which is housing the governor’s offices, the sources said.

It was the first such attack in Aden since pro-government forces retook the city from Iran-backed Shiite rebels in mid-July.

The authorities could not immediately identify the perpetrators, the security officials said.

Bakri is known for his close ties to the Islamist Al-Islah Party.

He was deputy governor of Aden until the Huthi rebels advanced on the city in March after seizing the capital Sanaa.

Exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi later appointed him governor, rewarding him for remaining in the city during months of fierce fighting while many other provincial officials fled.

The recapture of Aden by loyalist forces supported by Saudi-led air strikes was a turning point in the conflict, paving the way for their advance across the south, although the rebels still hold Sanaa

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45