“Governor Ahmed Lamlas and Agriculture Minister Salem al-Suqatri, both members of a separatist group in southern Yemen, survived the “terrorist assassination attempt”,” Yemen’s state news agency reported, as quoted by Al Jazeera.
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Information Minister Moammar al-Iryani said the explosion killed six people among Lamlas’ comrades and injured at least seven passers-by. Also killed in the attack were the Governor’s Press Secretary and his photographer, as well as several members of the Governor of Aden’s entourage.
A circulating photo shows a body covered with a blanket lying on the road next to a charred vehicle in the al-Tawahi district, which houses the headquarters of the Southern Transitional Council (STC). Firefighters and police were dispatched to the scene.
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Lamlas is Secretary General of the STC, a separatist group that has been competing with the Saudi-backed government for control of Aden and the wider southern region of Yemen. Al-Suqatri is also a member of the United Arab Emirates-backed STC, which has seen infighting among its ranks.
The government and the STC are nominal allies under the coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement. Instability in the south complicates UN-led peace efforts.