On September 4, a senior Yemeni military commander allied with the Saudi-led coalition was assassinated in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.
The commander, Major General Musa Mohsen al-Mashdali, was killed when an explosive device ripped through his Toyota Hilux pickup near the al-Aumdah hotel in the northern part of Aden. The commanders’ bodyguard was wounded in the attack.
Maj. Gen. al-Mashdali, known as “Abu Ottoman,” was the commander of Saudi-backed forces on al-Hazmiyah front in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda.
انفجار عنيف في جولة السفينة بالقرب من فندق العمدة، حيث افاد مصدر أمني..أن الانفجار ناتج عن عبوة ناسفة زرعت بسيارة هيلوكس تابعة لقائد عسكري يدعى اللواء موسى محسن..اسفرالانفجار عن استشهاد القائد موسى محسن واصابة مرافقه pic.twitter.com/Y3DEwisI2D
— ابوابراهيم الشعيبي Abu Ibrahim Shuaibi (@Abolbrahim2018) September 4, 2021
No group has claimed responsibility for the assassination of al-Mashdali, so far. However, some Yemeni sources accused the Southern Transitional Council of orchestrating the assassination. The UAE-backed council was allegedly behind attacks that targeted some of his opponents in Aden in the last few years.
It is also possible that al-Mashdali was assassinated by the Houthis (Ansar Allah), the main foe of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
ISIS, whose cells are known to be present in Aden, may be also behind the assassination of al-Mashdali. The terrorist group carried out similar attacks in the past.
The assassination of al-Mashdali highlights poor security measures in Yemeni areas held by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies. The incident was a real blow to the coalition.
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