Yemen al-Qaeda claims responsibility for bomb attack on Aden governor

The Govenor of Aden Aidarus al-Zubaidi (R) and police chief General Shallal Ali Shayae address a joint press conference in Aden on January 12, 2016. (File photo: AFP)

Yemen’s al-Qaeda wing has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that targeted the governor of the southern city of Aden, according to US 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. Zubaidi was appointed governor of Aden after his predecessor was killed in a car bombing on Dec. 6 claimed by ISIS, AQAP’s main rival in Yemen. Attackers have tried several times before to kill him in car bomb blasts.

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