Top Yemen army official cheats death

ADEN (AFP) - A top Yemeni army commander, in charge of a southern region where the strategic Al-Anad air base is located, escaped an assassination attempt in Lahj province. "Gunmen travelling in a vehicle fired several rounds towards General Mahmud al-Sobaihi's car near intel headquarters in Huta," the capital of Lahj, the official said, adding that the officer escaped "unharmed." "The general's bodyguards hunted down the assailants and arrested one, who was wounded in the clashes," the official said. A civilian was also wounded in the fire exchange, according to the official, who did not disclose the motives behind the attack or the identities of the attackers. Sobaihi commands Al-Anad region, the site of a strategic air base used by US soldiers in the southern Lahj province.

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