September 24, 2021


Unidentified gunmen killed an intelligence colonel in Yemen's port city of Aden on Friday, a day after the Daesh group claimed responsibility for assassinating a police officer, in the country's temporary capital.

Th gunmen, travelling in a vehicle, opened fire at the intelligence Colonel, Ali Muqbil, as he was on his way going to Friday prayers, in Aden's neighbourhood of Mansoura, a security official said, on condition of anonymity.

Witnesses confirmed to Xinhua that, the masked gunmen fired a barrage of bullets that hit different parts of the intelligence colonel body, and he died immediately, at the scene.

The attack is the latest, targeting senior security and intelligence officials in Aden, where the Saudi-backed government has temporarily based itself.

Many of the previous armed attacks in Aden have been claimed by the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch, or the Daesh group.

On Thursday, the Daesh claimed responsibility for assassinating a police officer, by attaching an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to the underside of his car.

According to local sources, the assassinated police officer was working for Aden's International Airport and participated in training newly-recruited police soldiers in Aden.

Earlier in the day, Aden's Police Command said in a statement that, the anti-terrorism unit raided the home of a Daesh leader in Aden, seizing large quantities of explosives, including M112 and C4 charges.

In the last two months, Yemeni government forces launched anti-terror offensives and drove out scores of gunmen, linked to the al-Qaeda and the Yemen-based affiliate of the Daesh from key neighbourhoods and government compounds in Lahj and Abyan provinces.

Yemen, an impoverished Arab country, has been gripped by one of the most active regional Al-Qaeda insurgencies in the Middle East.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), also known locally as Ansar al-Sharia, emerged in Jan, 2009, and claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks against Yemen's army and government institutions.

The AQAP took advantage of the current security vacuum, and ongoing civil war, to expand its influence and seize more territories in the south of Yemen.

Security in Yemen has deteriorated since Mar, 2015, when war broke out between the Shiite Houthi group, which is supported by former President, Ali Abdullash Saleh, and government forces, which are backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition.

Over 6,400 people have been killed in ground battles and air strikes since then, many of them civilians.