Southern Yemeni politician survives assassination attempt

By REUTERS
September 10, 2012 15:22




SANAA - A southern Yemeni politician who recently returned from exile survived an assassination attempt on Monday, security sources said, the latest in a series of such attacks in a state where Washington is fighting Islamist militants.

Mohammed Ali Ahmed, an interior minister in a short-lived breakaway government in south Yemen in 1994, returned home in March after 18 years in exile.

Yemen's government is trying to re-establish order after an uprising pushed out veteran ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh in February, but faces threats from Islamist militants, southern secessionists and a Shi'ite rebel movement in the north.

Security sources said Ahmed was meeting with other southern factions at a hotel in the eastern province of Hadramout when a roadside bomb placed under his parked car blew up. He was unharmed and there were no reports of causalities.

Yemeni factions, including separatists who want to reinstate a southern state that united with the north in 1990, have been invited to a national dialogue ahead of a parliamentary election in 2014.

Related Content
Breaking news
October 20, 2017
Seven wanted suspects arrested overnight in West Bank

By JPOST.COM STAFF

Israel Weather
  • 18 - 31
    Beer Sheva
    20 - 28
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 16 - 27
    Jerusalem
    20 - 27
    Haifa
  • 20 - 34
    Elat
    20 - 34
    Tiberias