Gaafar Mohamed Saad, Governor of Aden was traveling to his office on Sunday morning when the explosion struck his convoy in the Rimbaud area of the southern port city. Authorities are investigating the exact cause of the explosion. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. Pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition drove Shiite Houthi rebels out of Aden earlier this year.
A local al-Qaida affiliate has exploited the chaos of Yemen’s conflict to seize territory in the country’s south and east, and has a growing presence in Aden.
On Saturday, masked gunmen on motorcycles carried out separate attacks on vehicles in Aden, killing Col. Aqeel al-Khodr, a military intelligence official, and Judge Mohsen Alwan, who was known for sentencing al-Qaida militants. Three other people were killed in the attack on Alwan. No one immediately claimed the attacks.