Late Sunday evening, Al-Qaeda militants seized the main headquarters of the Yemeni Army’s 4th Military Command in the city of Aden, during an attack on pro-Hadi forces that left many dead and wounded from both sides.
A security source stated that a car bomb first targeted the front gate of the building; this was followed by an AQAP attack on the headquarters, which is located inside the Tawahi district in Aden.
Dozens were reported dead and wounded during these clashes between Al-Qaeda and Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) backed by Saudi Arabia and exiled Yemeni president Abd-Rubbah Mansour Hadi.
The source also pointed out that the 4th Military Command and the police headquarters containing weapons storage are now under fully control by Al Qaeda militants.
The city of Aden has witnessed a long period of unrest, including this latest incident that occurred 24 hours after the assassination of the Aden governor Major-General Jaafar Saad, who was killed along with eight of his bodyguards by a car bomb that targeted his convoy.
The Islamic State (ISIS) later claimed responsibility for the attack that killed the Governor of Aden.
Gunmen also carried out assassinations against Colonel Antar Al-Bakhchi in Mansoura district – an army officer who was a leader of the pro-Hadi group.
Tony Toh is Al-Masdar’s Yemen War expert; follow his tweets @TonyTohCY