Yemen Information Minister Ali al-Amrani survives assassination attempt


LONDON, UK – Yemen’s Information Minister Ali al-Amrani has escaped an assassination attempt in the capital city of Sanaa after his car was hit by bullets as he left a cabinet meeting at government headquarters.

Al-Amrani’s secretary said the minister was unhurt in the attack, which was carried out by unidentified gunmen, Reuters reported.

The secretary said at least 10 bullets were fired at al-Amrani’s car, with three of them hitting the back window and trunk, according to CNN.

Police have launched an investigation into the attack, which came a few hours after airstrikes killed over a dozen suspected Al Qaeda-linked militants in southern Yemen’s Abyan province.

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Separately, six aid workers have been seized by tribesmen in a tourist area west of Sanaa, according to the BBC.

Their captors are reportedly demanding that tribesmen currently held by the Yemeni authorities be released.

Al-Amrani resigned from the ruling party of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh in March 2011, joining the anti-government movement in protest at Saleh’s violent crackdown on popular demonstrations.

He became information minister in a national unity government formed in December after Saleh signed a Gulf states-brokered deal to hand power over to his deputy, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, in return for immunity for the deaths of hundreds of opposition protestors.

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