The Yemeni transport minister has survived an assassination attempt in the southern port city of Aden. Waed Bathib escaped the assassination attempt on Saturday, when gunmen attacked the convoy transporting the minister, one of his aides said. “Unknown gunmen opened fire at the convoy of the minister after he left the airport of Aden,” the aide said on condition of anonymity. The assailants managed to escape. Bathib is a senior member of Yemen’s Socialist Party, which opposed ousted dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. The minister has also been the target of two assassination attempts in the capital, Sana’a, over the past months.
On January 31, Yemeni Information Minister Ali al-Amrani also survived a similar attempt in Sana’a, when unidentified gunmen attacked the minister’s car.On May 21, at least 120 people, mainly soldiers, were killed in a bomb attack in the capital. The UN Security Council condemned the bombing “in the strongest terms.” The assassination attempt in Aden comes a few days after at least 19 Yemeni soldiers were killed in a car bombing and shooting attack in the city on August 18. HSN/JR