Prominent UAE-backed commander survives assassination attempt

Prominent UAE-backed commander survives assassination attempt

A prominent military commander in the ranks of the Emirati-backed militias survived on Monday an assassination attempt in the center of the city of Lawdar of Abyan province, southern Yemen.

Local residents reported that an explosive device was planted in the car of “Akram al-Yazidi,” a commander of the militia of “security belt” in Lawdar district, while he was inside a restaurant near the Qat popular market.

The residents confirmed that the explosion did not cause any casualties, despite the presence of many citizens inside the market.

This came amid reports of the withdrawal of a number of UAE military units from Abyan.
Abyan province has been witnessing bloody conflicts for months between armed factions affiliated with the UAE and the militants of Islah and al-Qaeda.