Anti-Al-Qaeda Yemen general killed in suicide attack
The attack on General Salem Ali Qoton came as Al-Qaeda fled its last bastion in Yemen’s restive southern and eastern provinces in the face of the military’s month-long withering assault aimed at destroying the jihadist network. Qoton, chief military commander in south Yemen, was attacked while on his way to his office in the port city of Aden, witnesses said.
According to a report on Yemen’s defence ministry website, a military official said the bomber, a “Somali national ... threw himself on (Qoton’s)’ vehicle and then detonated his explosives,” as the general drove through Aden’s Mansura neighbourhood. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the explosion “killed the general and two of his aides.”
A medic related to Qoton said the attacker brazenly shook hands with the general before blowing him up. The medic, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the attacker “handed Qoton a paper, shook his hand and then detonated himself,” when the general was walking to his office.
President Hadi said the bombing was carried out by “the defeated terrorist Al-Qaeda elements.” Hadi also vowed to “continue to cleanse the country from the evil of terrorists and maintain security and stability,” Saba reported.—AFP