Two die and one injured in two separate attacks in Aden

Published on 9 January 2014 in News
Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (author)

Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki


SANA’A, Jan. 8­—Two security personnel were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Aden on Tuesday, according to security officials. On the same day, also in Aden, a political security officer was injured in a car bombing believed to have been an assassination attempt.

At around 11:00 a.m., gunmen in Hilux model Toyota pickup truck fired at Officer Mubarak Lashram and Mohammed Ali Hussein, a soldier, in the Sheikh Othman district as they were leaving the Al-Nasr Military Camp, according to a security source who spoke to the Yemen Times on condition of anonymity.

Both men, who were working with the local police force, died at the scene.

Earlier in the morning, at 9:00 a.m., a car bomb attached to high-ranking Political Security Officer Col. Mohammed Al-Qadi’s car exploded in the Saira district in a believed assignation attempt.    

Brig. Sadeq Haid, Aden’s security chief, said Al-Qadi lost a leg in the explosion and is currently being treated in a local hospital.  

No one has yet been blamed for the explosion, said Haid.

The anonymous source said that despite incidents like those on Tuesday, “the security situation in Aden is 80 percent stable.”

People are losing faith in the government’s ability to ensure order as a result of such incidents, said Abdulrahman Anees, an Aden-based journalist.  

While some have pinned possible blame on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula for the car bomb, many security officials shot down such claims.  

Last Thursday, Col. Marwan
Moqbel, a member of the Political Security Forces, was assassinated as he was leaving his house in Aden’s Al-Qalooah  area.

No one has been arrested in connection with the crime.