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Yemeni prime minister escapes assassination attempt

February 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm

Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa has escaped an apparent assassination attempt in the capital Sanaa. According to security sources, the incident took place on Saturday evening as he was driving home.

“Four unidentified gunmen opened fire on the prime minister’s motorcade,” said the sources. “Nobody was hurt in the incident.”

The gunmen were travelling in a four-wheel drive car and, it is believed, used a machine gun to shoot at the motorcade of three vehicles. “According to local media reports, the attack took place just metres away from Basindwa’s house. The attackers fled the scene while the prime minister’s bodyguards rushed him into the building.

Additional protection has been ordered for Mr Basindwa and an investigation into the attack is under way.