Yemeni intelligence chief escapes assassination

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A military intelligence chief survived an assassination attempt Tuesday (December 18th), when his booby-trapped car blew up as he left for work, the Yemeni Ministry of Defence's website 26sep.net reported.

According to the website, the attack on Col. Mohammed Hajeb, the military intelligence chief in the areas of al-Wadi and Sahara, Hadramaut province, "caused two holes in the asphalt due the intensity of the blast".

The bomb "was externally placed under the driver's seat and was blown up remotely using a cell phone," the site reported.

The incident follows two other attacks on military intelligence officers in recent days: On Sunday (December 16th), an officer was killed by unknown gunmen west of al-Mukalla, Hadramaut; and on December 11th Col. Ahmed al-Ramada, deputy head of political security in al-Mukalla, south-eastern Yemen, was killed while on his way to work.

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