Yemeni Islamist party figure assassinated

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Posted: Nov 18, 2014 11:46 AM

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A senior leader of Yemen's Islamist Islah Party, which has been locked in a bloody confrontation with Shiite rebels, was killed Tuesday by a bomb attached to his car in the southern city of Taiz, police said.

The director general of the Taiz police said local party leader Sadiq Ali Mansour al-Haidary was killed instantly when an explosive device attached to his car door went off.

The official, Mutaher Al-Shaeiby, said police are investigating the assassination and have apprehended a number of suspects.

The Islah party and allied tribesmen have been battling Shiite Houthi rebels and supporters of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh across the country for months.

The Houthis overran the capital Sanaa in September, largely by defeating forces loyal to the Islah party. They have since made further gains in central Yemen, at times fighting al-Qaida's branch in the country.

The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa condemned the assassination, saying "senseless violence will not resolve Yemen's challenges, and must stop immediately." The local council in Taiz also condemned the killing.