Governor of Yemen’s Aden Province Killed In Blast Claimed by IS

Governor of Yemen’s Aden Province Killed In Blast Claimed by IS

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If the Islamic State is behind the death of Major General Jaafar Mohammed Saad, it would be their highest profile killing in the war-torn country yet.

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – The governor of Yemen’s southern Aden province and several of his bodyguards were killed by a car bomb on Sunday, an event the Islamic State affiliate in the region has taken credit for.

If the Islamic State is behind the death of Major General Jaafar Mohammed Saad, it would be their highest profile killing in the war-torn country yet.

The Islamic State posted to a messaging service that it detonated a car laden with explosives as Saad’s convoy passed by, Al Jazeera reported.

The Islamic State has established a presence in Yemen since its civil war broke out earlier this year, officially declaring its presence in November.

The group is fighting both the Saudi Arabia-backed government and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who are fighting with each other.

Saad, a large figure in the government’s fight against the Houthi rebels, was appointed to be governor of Aden in October, the BBC reported.

On Saturday, United Nations envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed met with President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in Aden to discuss resolving the eight-month long civil war.

The conflict has killed at least 5,700 people, according to the United Nations.

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