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Top security official shot dead in Yemen’s Aden

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack

18.11.2018
Top security official shot dead in Yemen’s Aden

By Shukri Hussein

ADEN, Yemen 

A senior security official was killed in a drive-by shooting in Yemen’s southern city of Aden on Sunday, according to a local resident.

Three gunmen opened fire on Brigadier-General Fahd Gharama as he left his home in the city, killing him on the spot, the resident said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.

Seven people, including six female students, were injured in the attack.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Gharama is the deputy commander of the UAE-backed Security Belt forces in Aden.

Aden serves as the temporary capital of the Yemeni government, which fled Yemen in 2015 after Shia Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa a year earlier.

Since mid-2015, Aden has seen bombings and assassination incidents targeting security and government headquarters, preachers, mosque imams, along with army and security officers.

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