Car blast kills Briton in Yemen port city Aden

July 20, 2011 18:09

ADEN/SANAA - A blast in a booby-trapped car killed a British shipping surveyor in Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Wednesday, local officials and shipping sources said.

A security source told Reuters he believed militants were behind the blast that killed the long-time resident of Aden, who was in his 60s, when he started his car.

The victim was an independent surveyor for a marine and insurance company in Yemen. A Western shipping source based in Aden said the Briton had just returned from surveying a tanker attacked in July by pirates off Yemen's coast.

"We tend to think that it was some kind of terrorist attack because he was well known," the security source said.

Attacks on foreigners are rare in the port city, which lies east of a strategic shipping lane that channels some 3 million barrels of oil daily.

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