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Assassination attempt on Yemen’s deputy PM

Yemen’s deputy prime minister, Abdulaziz Jubari [YouTube]

Yemen’s deputy prime minister survived an assassination attempt yesterday, National Yemen reported.

Abdulaziz Jubari’s convoy was ambushed by an unknown armed group wearing military uniforms. A short gun fire battle followed between the unidentified group and Jubari’s guards.

The official was not injured and there is no confirmation on any casualties.

The drive-by attack occurred whilst the convoy was travelling in the Lahij province, southern Yemen. Jubari was travelling back to Aden, after holding meetings in Taiz.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Yemen is enduring a civil war which erupted after the Iranian backed Houthis overtook swathes of territory from northern Yemen to Sana’a in 2014. President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi requested a Saudi-led coalition to intervene and support his governance which resulted in a continued aerial bombing campaign.

Southern Yemen has witnessed several criminal activities involving armed groups in military uniforms, including robbery of banks as a result of the unrest in the country.

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