Written By: Amr al-Harazi
Article Date: Sep 16, 2012 - 8:51:57 PM
The Yemeni Defense Minister, General Mohammed Nasser Ahmad was targeted in a suicide attack along with guards in the capital of Sana’a on Tuesday at noon, said a security officer.
An explosive laden car targeted the minister’s convoy when he was exiting a cabinet meeting, killing 8 people and injuring 13. The Defense Minister’s car was severely burned.
“He was injured and now at al-Orthi [the presidency hospital] receiving treatment,” said the officer, who spoke on anonymity condition.
Four of the minister’s guards were killed, along with the workers of a nearby grocery store, and a family living in an adjacent apartment building. An eyewitness said “You arrived late, they finished picking up pieces of flesh from the walls a minute ago.”
The attack came one day after the Yemeni government announced it killed Saeed al-Shihri, the second in command in Yemen’s branch of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
“It bears the hallmark of al-Qaeda and it [the attack on the Defense Minister, Muhammad Ali Ahmed] probably is in retaliation for al-Shihri’s death,” the officer said, one deputy of the interior minister.
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