Yemeni governor injured in attack

04 December 2003
Islamist militants on 4 December attacked the governor of Shabwa, in southeast Yemen, in a roadside assault. Governor Ali Ahmed al-Rasas, who was with his brother at the time of the attack, was leaving a family home near the town of Al-Baidah, some 400 kilometers southeast of Sanaa. Al-Rasas, who was wounded in the assault, was transferred to a local hospital for surgery. His brother was killed in the incident. Local tribal sources in Yemen told AFP that the assault had been carried out by members of the Islamist group, Takfir wa Hijra. The governor's brother is believed to have been an intelligence official in the Ibb governorate.

Yemen has seen an increase in tribal killings in recent months. At least five people were killed and another three injured in a gunfight between rival tribesmen and government security forces on 19 November. After the killing, a local tribal chief criticised the government for interfering in tribal affairs. 'Tribesmen can deal with problems without the involvement of a third party,' he told the local daily the Yemen Times. 'We have ways to settle our disputes and this loss of life is merely a result of the government's interference.' (MEED 21:11:03)

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