Governor of Aden Killed in Yemen Bombing, Al-Masdar Says

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Jafaar Mohammed Saad
Governor of Aden Jafaar Mohammed Saad arrives for an event in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on October 24, 2015. Photographer: Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

The governor of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden and eight of his companions were killed on Sunday by a bomb that struck his car, al-Masdar news website reported.

Jafaar Mohammed Saad was driving in a convoy in the city when he was attacked, the news website said. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attack, al-Masdar said.

The ambush comes a day after gunmen shot dead a senior judge and a police officer in two other incidents in Aden, the temporary capital where President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi has set up residence. Local authorities have accused al-Qaeda of being behind assassinations in the city, where Shiite Houthis rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh were driven out in July by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

In the port, whose recapture was the biggest success for Saudi-led forces since they started their Yemen military campaign in March, there are growing signs of an Islamic militant presence. Al-Qaeda-linked groups have also taken control of territory, including the port of Mukalla in April, and the cities of Zinjibar and Jaar in Abyan province on Wednesday.

Judge Muhssein Allwan, chief of the state security court that specializes in terrorism, and two of his sons were killed by assailants on a motorcycle, al-Masdar reported earlier. The incident occurred hours after Colonel al-Khader al-Haqiri, a police officer, was shot by gunmen who had stopped his car.

(Updates with alleged claim of responsibility by Islamic State militants.)

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