Yemen: Intelligence officer dies in blast near oil ministry
A bomb planted in the car of a Yemeni intelligence colonel exploded Sunday near the oil ministry, killing the officer, a security official and witnesses said.
At least three people were wounded in the attack. Witnesses said the wounded had been traveling in a taxi near the oil ministry.
Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, is struggling to restore state authority after long-serving President Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced to step down in 2011.
Security in Yemen is closely watched by Western and Gulf Arab countries because of its proximity to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and the presence there of an al Qaeda branch that has plotted bomb attacks against international airlines.
The explosive device was planted under the driver's seat in the vehicle of Colonel Mohammad Fadhel Hussein, a security official told Agence France-Presse, adding that it went off as the car passed near the oil ministry.
A bodyguard travelling with Hussein was wounded, in addition to two passers-by, the official said.
Similar attacks have been blamed on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a powerful local affiliate of the global terror network.