IS claims killing of Aden governor after UN envoy visits Yemen

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ADEN: A car bomb claimed by the Islamic State group Sunday killed the governor of Yemen’s second city Aden, a day after a visit by the United Nation’s envoy to press for long-delayed peace talks. A statement posted on Twitter by the jihadist group said it was behind a blast that hit the convoy of Jaafar Saad in the Tawahi neighborhood of the major port city, killing him and eight of his bodyguards. In a statement carried by the official Saba news agency, the head of security in Aden General Mohamed Mussad confirmed Saad’s death and said six of his guards were also killed. Images circulated on social media after the attack showed a wrecked car on fire on a main road in the city. Saad was only recently appointed governor and was known to be close to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who returned to Aden last month after several months in exile in Riyadh. Pro-Hadi forces, aided by a Saudi-led coalition, have battled Iran-backed rebels in Yemen since March, after the insurgents overran the capital Sanaa and advanced south, forcing the government to flee to Saudi Arabia.

AFP

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