Yemen journalist killed in Aden blast, says government official

Sanaa: A local Yemen journalist was killed after his vehicle was blown up in the southern port city of Aden, a government official said on Thursday.

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“An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attached to the vehicle carrying a local journalist named Saber Noman Al-Haidary, exploded (late Wednesday night) and caused a large blast in Aden’s district of Mansourah,” the official told Xinhua news agency.

The journalist worked for a Japanese news outlet, while it is not immediately clear why he was targeted, the official said, adding that the investigation is underway.

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No group has claimed responsibility for the blast so far, but several Yemeni journalists had been killed in similar incidents across the war-ravaged Arab country.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when Houthi militia seized control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed Yemeni government out of the capital Sana’a.

Local authorities are trying to maintain security and stability in Aden.

However, sporadic bombing incidents and drive-by shooting attacks still occur in the strategic Yemeni port city.

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