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Yemeni presidential adviser is target of assassination attempt
A Yemeni soldier looks on during the funeral of the victims of the attack on the Defence Ministry compound, in Sanaa on December 8, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS
A Yemeni soldier looks on during the funeral of the victims of the attack on the Defence Ministry compound, in Sanaa on December 8, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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SANAA: The Yemeni government said Sunday there had been an assassination attempt on an adviser to the country’s president, the latest of a wave of bombings and shootings.

A sniper fired shots with a weapon equipped with a silencer Saturday at Yassin Said Noman’s car as it was driving through the capital Sanaa, the official Saba news agency said. 

As well as being an adviser to President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, Noman is vice president of Yemen’s National Dialogue and Secretary General of the Socialist Party.

The bullet did not hit Noman as the vehicle was armored, the agency said. 

“Targeting such a well-known political personality and important national figure is targeting the move toward reform that Yemen is currently undergoing,” the agency quoted the government as saying. 

Initial information showed the sniper had been on top of a mosque near Noman’s home and shot at the roof of his car, aiming for his head, it said. 

Earlier Sunday, gunmen shot dead two senior security officials in separate ambushes in other areas of Yemen. 

It was not immediately known who the gunmen were but Yemeni officials have blamed a string of similar killings of police and military officers on Islamist militants affiliated with Al-Qaeda.

Attackers in a car shot and killed the head of security for the presidential palace in Taiz, Brig. Gen. Saddam Hussein al-Dhahri, as he left work in the southern Yemeni city, a security source told Reuters. 

Police Col. Abdullah Gaithallah was also killed in a separate incident in the southern province of Al-Baida by gunmen who ambushed his car.

Meanwhile, an Oil Ministry official said Yemen LNG gas company evacuated hundreds of workers from its Balhaf terminal on the Gulf of Aden, after a mortar round hit the site.

Company staff, including foreigners, were evacuated to the capital on four planes as a precaution over fears of potential attacks on the terminal, employees said.

 
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