ADEN, Yemen- Unidentified gunmen assassinated the commander of the anti-drug security forces, in the southern port city of Aden, on Sunday.

Three masked gunmen ambushed Fadhel Sael, while he was heading to his workplace, a local official said, on condition of anonymity.

"The gunmen rained Fadhel's car with a barrage of gunshots from different directions, killing him, along with two of his bodyguards, in Aden," the source said. The assassinated official was the commander of an elite security unit and conducted anti-drug operations in Aden, in the past years, according to the source.

An anonymous officer of the anti-drug security unit, said that, the assassination is "an obvious ... revenge for what happened" just four days ago, in which "a number of suspected drugs traffickers were killed in an exchange of fire with the security soldiers."

Security forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, later launched an investigation and raided locations held by suspected gunmen in Aden. Government officials, including high-ranking security commanders and intelligence officers, have been the prime targets in kidnapping incidents, as well as, armed attacks launched by unknown gunmen in recent days.

Saudi Arabia leads an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015, to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels forced him into exile.


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