The governor of Yemen's port city of Aden, Major General Jaafar Mohammed Saad, has been killed in an attack along with five of his bodyguards. It is learnt that unknown assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at Saad's car in the Tawahi district in Aden, state-run SABA news agency confirmed on Sunday morning. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet. Tawahi has become a stronghold in recent months for armed groups including al-Qaeda, whose fighters have expanded their presence across the district.
Saad was only recently appointed governor and was known to be close to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who returned to Aden last month after several months in exile in Riyadh. Saad's death comes a day after the country's UN envoy held talks with Hadi in Aden aimed at kick starting peace talks between the warring sides.