A lawmaker from Yemen’s ruling party and two of his bodyguards have been shot dead by gunmen in the northwestern region of Saada.
Saleh al-Hindi, a member of the ruling General People’s Congress, was killed when the gunmen sprayed his car with bullets before escaping, AFP reported on Friday.
The slain lawmaker had been a member of the opposition southern-based Yemen Socialist Party (YSP) before shifting to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s party around eight years ago.
Hendi who heads a prominent tribe in Saada had survived several previous assassination attempts.
Mountainous Saada province has been the scene of a rebellion by members of the Zaidi community who reject Saleh’s regime as illegitimate, although the president is himself a Zaidi.