Yemen’s Defense Minister Survives Car Bomb
Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, the Defense Minister of Yemen, has survived a car bomb attack which hit his convoy near the government headquarters on Tuesday. Ten people are reported to have died in the attack, including seven of the Minister’s guards.
Yemeni state news agency Saba reported that “a strong explosion shook the area close to the cabinet headquarters and Sanaa broadcasting headquarters in central Sanaa,” and security officials have confirmed that the defense minister was the target of the attack.
Just yesterday the Yemen Defense Ministry website claimed that a high ranking al Qaeda chief had been killed in an operation in the east of Yemen. Said al Shihri, who was believed to be the second in command of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed in an air attack whilst travelling by car. AQAP are by far the most likely culprits for this attempted assassination, which may have been pushed forwards as a revenge attack for the death of al Shihri. It would not be the first time that AAP have tried to kill Nasser Ahmed – in May this year the group claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack which killed 100 soldiers, saying that Ahmed was their primary target.