Unknown gunmen kidnap pro-gov't official in Yemen's Aden

ADEN, Yemen, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Unidentified gunmen on Sunday kidnapped a security official loyal to Yemen's government in the country's southern port city of Aden, a government official told Xinhua.

"A number of masked gunmen stormed the residential building of Taiz governor in Aden and kidnapped a senior pro-government security official from the same building," the local government source said on condition of anonymity.

He said that the gunmen kidnapped Brigadier Jamil Aqlan, commander of the special pro-government security forces in the southwestern province of Taiz.

"Another commander in charge of protecting Taiz's governor was also kidnapped with Aqlan and taken by the gunmen to unknown locations," he said.

The source indicated that the unknown gunmen opened fire massively during storming the governor's residence in Aden's neighborhood of Khormaksar without clarifying the reasons.

Nabil Shamsan, the governor of Taiz, was not hurt during the kidnapping incident and evacuated safely by his bodyguards, according to the local official.

Aden is considered Yemen's temporary capital where the Saudi-backed Yemeni government has been based since 2015.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked into a civil war since late 2014, when the Houthi rebels overran much of the country and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa 

Source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-02/21/c_139756846.htm


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