Police colonel, aide killed in attack in Yemen’s Aden

 06 Mar 2016 - 0:00

Police colonel, aide killed in attack in Yemen’s Aden
People inspect a vehicle of a Yemeni police colonel after a gunmen attack, in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, 05 March 2016. According to reports, unidentified gunmen shot dead the police chief of the Al-Tauahi district in Aden Colonel Salem Melqat and bodyguard, a day after at least 16 people, including four Catholic nuns, were killed in an armed attack on an elderly care home run by a charity established by Mother Teresa in Aden. Yemeni authorities have blamed the Islamic State (IS) group for the attack on the elderly care home. EPA, STRINGER


ADEN: Gunmen opened fire and killed a police colonel and his aide as their vehicle was passing through a roundabout in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Saturday, a local security official and witnesses said.

The attack on Col. Salem al-Milqat, police chief of Tawahi district, occurred in the restive district of al-Mansoura which has seen several assaults on local security officials.

Yemen’s embattled government has been forced out of the capital Sanaa by Iran-allied Houthi rebels and is now based in Aden but struggles to impose its authority even there.

On Friday, gunmen attacked an old people’s home in the Yemeni port of Aden, killing at least 15 people, including four Christian nuns from India, local officials and medical sources said.

The southern city has gone from being one of the world’s busiest ports as a hub of the British empire to a backwater and then in recent months to a conflict zone.

A Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign a year ago to prevent the Houthis from taking complete control of Yemen.

(Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Ros Russell)