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Five bodyguards killed in failed assassination attempt in Yemen

Published 01/05/2016

Yemen is mired in conflict
Yemen is mired in conflict

A suicide bomber attacked Yemen's security chief's motorcade in the southern port city of Aden, killing five of his bodyguards, the country's security directorate said.

Shallal Shayei was unharmed in Sunday's attack, as was Aden governor Aidroos al-Zubaidi, who was travelling with him.

A similar attack on the two was foiled on Monday, and on Thursday a suicide car bomber in women's clothes detonated explosives near Mr Shayei's home, the third attack on his house since December.

Soldiers deployed to the area after the car bombing, which sent a cloud of black smoke rising into the air.

Yemen has been mired in a conflict pitting Shiite Houthi rebels against the internationally-backed government, which is allied with a Saudi-led coalition. Extremists have gained ground amid the chaos.

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