Last updated: 22 September, 2012

Suicide attack wounds Yemeni commander

A suicide attack in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Saturday wounded an army-linked militia commander involved in battling Al-Qaeda, security sources said, in the fifth attempt on his life.

The attacker blew himself up in front of the car of Abdel Latif Sayed, Abyan province commander for reserve forces fighting alongside the Yemeni army, wounding him and two others.

Hospital sources confirmed reports of the attack and witnesses said the bomber was blown apart.

The attack took place near Aden’s security headquarters.

It was the fifth assassination attempt on Sayed.

The reserve forces, called People’s Committees, were involved in an all-out army offensive which drove Al-Qaeda militants from towns in Abyan province in mid-June.

Al-Qaeda took advantage of the weakness of Yemen’s central government in 2011 during mass protests against now ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh to expand its presence in the east and south of the impoverished country.