By: Mohammed Hatem
At least 20 people were killed and 20 more were wounded in a suicide bombing carried out by al-Qaeda in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, the Yemeni Defense Ministry’s website said.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a gathering organized by Abdullatif al-Said, the website said, quoting Abyan Governor Jamal al-Akil. Al-Said fought with the Yemeni army in June to drive al-Qaeda militants from cities they had controlled for more than a year. Two of his brothers were killed in the attack, al-Akil said.
Al-Said had organized the gathering as a memorial after the death of his nephew. It’s unclear if he was injured in the bombing. The attack came after four al-Qaeda militants were killed earlier in the day during an air strike in the southeastern province of Hadramaut, the state Saba news agency reported in a text message.
The Al-Masdar independent website said the militants were killed by a drone while driving in Hadramaut’s al-Aatan district.