Yemen's Prime Minister Mohammad Salem Basindwa escaped unscathed from an assassination attempt in Sana'a yesterday, according to an aide. 

Basindwa was unharmed after unidentified gunmen opened fire on his motorcade in the Yemeni capital, Reuters reported.

Ali Al Sarari, an adviser to Basindwa, said no one was injured in the attack, which happened in the evening as Basindwa was returning home from his office.

It is the first time Basindwa has been the target of an attack, the AFP news agency says, although other members of his cabinet have previously been victims of similar events.

The government is battling militants of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, widely considered to be the most dangerous and active branch of Al Qaeda.