Last updated: 28 August, 2012

Yemeni politician escapes assassination bid

A Yemeni politician has escaped an assassination attempt when unidentified gunmen opened fire at his car in Sanaa, an aide told AFP on Tuesday.

Late Monday, unknown gunmen attempted to stop the car of Yassin Saeed Numan, secretary general of the Yemen’s Socialist Party which opposed ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the aide said.

“They opened fire at his car” but no one was hurt, he added.

The attack comes just days after Transport Minister Waed Bathib, also a leading member of the Socialist Party, escaped an assassination bid in the southern port city of Aden.

Bathib had been already the target of two assassination attempts in Sanaa over the past months.

The security situation in Yemen remains precarious despite the departure of Saleh following a Gulf-brokered deal to end a year of protests against his 32-year rule.

Partisans of Saleh are often accused of causing trouble, as the government vies to curb the clout of his relatives and followers within the security forces.