A high-profile Saudi-backed militant commander loyal to former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has reportedly been killed along with members of his entourage near the southern port city of Aden, security sources and officials said.
“Major General Thabet Jawas and four soldiers were killed in a car bomb explosion” as they travelled through the village of al-Madina al-Khadra, located 10 kilometers (six miles) north of Aden, a security official told AFP news agency.
A local official confirmed the attack and the death toll.
Jawas was returning from a personal visit when his car was hit by the blast in a suburb of the city, the security sources said.
Jawas was considered one of the main commanders fighting the popular Ansarullah resistance movement.
He had long been an enemy of the group, participating in operations against Ansarullah in its northern stronghold of Sa’ada even before the movement ousted the Saudi-backed government and took control of the capital, Sana’a, in late 2014.
Jawas reportedly played a role in the murder of former Ansarullah leader Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, who was assassinated by forces loyal to slain former Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh at Marran district of Sa’ada province back in September 2004.