Sanaa Police Chief 'Escapes Assassination'إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
A Yemeni police chief in the capital narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on Wednesday as explosives planted in his car blew up just minutes after he exited the vehicle, he told Agence France Presse.
Saleh al-Mustafa, police chief for Sanaa's western Mathbah neighborhood, said he suspects al-Qaida militants were behind the attack.
"Thank God I wasn't there (in the car) or I would have been a victim just like our colleague," said Mustafa, referring to the assassination of intelligence officer Mohammed al-Qudami who was killed by a car bomb on Monday.
"Of course, this (type of attack) bears the hallmark of al-Qaida," he said, adding that the militants were "targeting security officials across the board."
According to Mustafa, al-Qaida militants "have a presence" in Sanaa's Mathbah neighborhood and security forces have "been trailing them ... but they targeted us before we were able to capture them."
On Monday, Qudami was killed when a bomb strapped under the driver's seat of his car exploded.
He died in hospital from wounds sustained in the blast which according to a security official took place "just a few meters from President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi's house" in the capital.
No group has claimed responsibility for either bombing, but the defense ministry late Tuesday announced it had made an arrest for Qudami's assassination.
In a statement on their 26 September website, the ministry said the suspect was arrested after being found wearing "black glasses mounted with a video camera that filmed the assassination of the officer."
Last month, Yemeni troops recaptured a string of al-Qaida strongholds across the troubled south and east of the country where the militants had seized control last year.