Six Killed in South Yemen Car Bomb; Governor, Minister Survive

Blast targeted convoy of officials

Southern Yemen’s capital city of Aden was shaken on Sunday when a car bomb attack targeted a convoy full of officials from the Saudi-backed government. Six were killed and 11 wounded.

Details are still emerging, but the attack appeared to be aimed at high-profile officials, including Governor Ahmed Lamlas and the agriculture minister. Both of them survived the attack.

Those targeted officials are both members of the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC), though it’s not immediately clear if that was a driving factor, as it’s not clear who carried out the attack.

The STC probably would’ve been suspected, had their members not been targeted. A car bomb tends toward ISIS or al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) being involved. Normally they would be keen to claim credit for the attack, but may be less eager since the top officials survived.

Several years of war in Yemen have meant no shortage of different belligerents, more than a few who would carry out a car bomb attack. The bombing underscores the need to start talking up a possible settlement.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.