A security official and three of his companions were killed in clashes with gunmen in eastern Yemen

July 3, 2019
A senior Yemeni security official and three of his companions were killed Wednesday in clashes with gunmen in the eastern Yemeni province of Marib.
A local source close to the security authorities, who asked not to be named, told Press that Lieutenant Colonel Mujahid Mbakhut al-Sharif, deputy director of security in the city of Marib, was killed along with three of his companions in the City outskirts.
He added that “the security forces sent reinforcements to their sites on the outskirts of the city, where there are tribal gunmen from the tribe of Ashraf, which led to clashes between the parties.”
He added that the clashes are still continuing intermittently and that it led to the deaths and wounded and prisoners of the gunmen, but they could not be identified immediately.
He pointed out that the confrontations today, came after a day of armed clashes on both.
There was no immediate statement or official comment by the security authorities in the province about the clashes.
The city of Marib, under the control of government forces loyal to Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is considered one of the most densely populated cities and is described as having a relative security situation compared to many cities under the authority of the legitimate
government.
For more than four years, Yemen has been witness to a violent war caused by the Ansar Allah al-Houthi militants backed by Iran, killing and injuring tens of thousands and pushing millions to the brink of starvation.

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