Thursday, July 19, 2012

Car bomb kills police officer in Yemen's Aden

ADEN, Yemen, July 19 (Xinhua) -- A high-ranking police officer was killed after a bomb attached to his car went off Thursday morning in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, a government official told Xinhua.

Col. Abdullah Mouzay, security director of Sheikh Othman district in Aden, was killed in Cairo neighborhood by a magnetic bomb attached to his car while he was driving to his workplace, the local government official said on condition of anonymity.

"Mouzay, a 45-year-old father of three children, had survived several previous assassination attempts in Aden by unknown attackers," the government official said.

Witnesses told Xinhua anonymously that the explosion was probably caused by an explosive device attached beneath the driver 's seat -- a tactic reportedly used previously by al-Qaida insurgents.

"The explosion was so powerful... the car was completely destroyed at the scene," the witnesses said.

Security forces started to search for those responsible for the officer's death, according to the local official.

No one or any group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

On Wednesday, a senior Yemeni security officer was killed by unknown gunmen in the country's southeastern Shabwa province.

The Yemeni government has chased al-Qaida militants in the country's southern regions since the new president took office in February and finally announced major victory against the terrorist group in June after the army recaptured several cities that had been held by al-Qaida for more than a year.

However, the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing, which vowed to take all necessary measures in retaliation, launched assassinations and suicide attacks across the country.

A week after the government announced its victory, al-Qaida carried out a suicide bombing in Aden on June 18 and killed the commander of Yemen's southern military region. It also launched a suicide attack in the capital Sanaa on July 11 and killed more than 20 police cadets.

2012-07-19 15:53:13

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