A car bomb killed or injured a number of fighters travelling in a convoy of vehicles belonging to Yemen's main southern separatist forces in the city of Aden today, Reuters reported the militia saying.
The Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces tweeted that the casualties were part of a convoy including Brigadier-General Mohsen Al-Wali, but gave no figures.
In a separate post, they said Al-Wali and another general had survived "an assassination operation using a rigged car".
Video footage shared by STC activists on Facebook showed a white four-wheel-drive vehicle with extensive damage.
#Yemen : Car bomb attack in Aden hits convoy of southern separatist forces – part of ambush in which several soldiers were killed or wounded – target appears to be a military commander -Brigadier General Mohsen al-Wali – who is reported to have survived #عدن#ٱلْيَمَنpic.twitter.com/h9pJpFwJAA
— sebastian usher (@sebusher) March 4, 2021
Aden is the seat of Yemen's internationally recognised government, which in December formed a new power-sharing cabinet including the STC under a deal brokered by Saudi Arabia.
Riyadh is leading a military coalition fighting to oust the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement that controls much of north Yemen and the capital Sanaa, and to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
The power-sharing deal ended a standoff that had triggered clashes in Aden and complicated United Nations efforts to broker a permanent ceasefire in the overall conflict.
The war has killed more than 100,000 people and caused the world's largest humanitarian crisis.