Global Condemnation of the Assassination Attempt on Southern Official in Aden

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Mon, 11-10-2021 04:37 PM, Aden

South24 | Cairo 

On Sunday, a number of Arab and foreign countries condemned the car bomb attack, targeting Southern officials, while they were passing through the Hujaif area of the Tawahi district in Aden, South Yemen, which resulted in five deaths and six injuries.

Egypt expressed its deep condemnation of the attack that targeted the Governor of Aden Ahmed Lamlas and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Salem Al-Suqatri, and described the attack as "terrorist."

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry called on all Yemeni parties "to renounce violence and uphold the supreme interest of the Yemeni people, free of any narrow accounts or private agendas."

Egypt affirmed its support for Yemen in "confronting the brutal hand of terrorism", and expressed its sincere condolences "to the Yemeni government and people, and to the families of the victims."



For its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemned "in the strongest and harshest terms, the cowardly terrorist act that targeted the convoy of the Governor of Aden and the Minister of Fisheries today, which left a number of dead and injured."

According to the statement, "this terrorist act, behind which the forces of evil stand, is not only directed against the legitimate Yemeni government, but the Yemeni people with all its spectrums and political components, who seek security, peace, stability and prosperity, while the forces of darkness stand in the way of achieving their aspirations."

The Saudi Foreign Ministry called on "all parties to complete the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement, to unite efforts, confront terrorism, achieve security and stability, and restore their state."



For its part, Kuwait Foreign Ministry expressed "Kuwait's condemnation and denunciation of the criminal bombing incident that targeted the convoy of the Governor of Aden and the Minister of Agricultural and Fisheries in the Yemeni government today, Sunday, which led to the killing and wounding of a number of people."

In a statement on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry affirmed Kuwait's position against violence and terrorism in all its forms and shapes, calling on the international community to redouble its efforts to reach a political solution that ends the conflict in Yemen.

Turkey, Djibouti, Bahrain, Jordan, the GCC, the Arab League, Islamic Cooperation and the Arab Parliament also announced their condemnation of the attack.

Internationally, the United States and the United Kingdom condemned the attack.

The Chargé d'Affaires for the U.S. Embassy to Yemen Cathy Westley denounced the "attempted assassination" of the Governor of Aden and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

"Such terrorist acts will not succeed in undermining Yemeni and international efforts to end the war," Westley added.



For its part, the British Embassy described the attack on the convoy of the Governor of Aden as "horrific." "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families," they tweeted.

"We condemn all acts of violence, especially those targeting officials in the public service," they added.



The United Kingdom stressed that "the people of Aden need security," noting that "it is time to implement the Riyadh Agreement."

The European Union also "strongly condemned the outrageous attack on government officials in Aden" and expressed its condolences to "the families of the dead". 

France also condemned the attack.

For his part, the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg tweeted, "I strongly condemn the attack on the convoy of the Governor of Aden and the Minister of Agriculture, and I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who fell in the attack."

"Attacks like this increase mistrust and undermine efforts to achieve stability, security and peace," he added.



Five people, including two journalists accompanying the Governor of Aden, were killed as a result of the attack that shook the capital, Aden, while both the Governor and the Minister of Agriculture, who were in another car, escaped after returning from participating in an event held on Sunday morning, according to sources who spoke to "South24".

Ahmed Lamlas and Salem Al-Suqatri are two prominent leaders in the STC.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

But the STC said that "the treacherous terrorist operation is only a result of the safe haven provided by the Muslim Brotherhood [Islah party] to terrorist groups under its umbrella, serving the Houthi militias to facilitate their recruitment" to South.

Southern forces spokesperson Mohammad Al-Naqib revealed that they had received intel about smuggling elements he described as "terrorist" to Aden, who were smuggled through the Qena port in Shabwa governorate.

Al-Naqib said that the goal of these elements was to "destabilize the security and stability of the capital, Aden, and the Southern governorates, and to target the civilian and military leaders of the STC."

Al-Naqib said that the goal of these elements was to "destabilize the security and stability of the capital, Aden, and the Southern governorates, and to target the civilian and military leaders of the STC."



Al-Naqib mentioned the names of two people, whom he said were among these elements: "Miloud Saleh al-Tunisi and Saif al-Irshad al-Afghani."

The Yemeni prime minister condemned the attack on the convoy of the governor of Aden, describing it as a "terrorist". The Yemeni Minister of Information Muammar Al-Eryani, said that the attack was aimed at "mixing the cards."

Local community and political parties in southern Yemen condemned the "crime" and called for unity to face the challenges. 

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Photo: Aden governor armored car which was attacked, Sunday, October 10, 2021 (Salah Al-Aifari)

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