Four persons were killed when a car bomb targeting the governor’s convoy exploded at Yemen’s southern port city of Aden on Sunday.

The local police said the target of the bomb, governor Ahmed Lamlas, and Agriculture Minister Salem al-Suqatri survived the blast, but four of their personnel died in the explosion.

Sources said Lamlas is secretary-general of the Southern Transitional Council (STC).

STC is the top separatist group allied with the Saudi-backed government seeking control of Aden and Yemen’s wider south.

Meanwhile, Suqatri is a member of the United Arab Emirates-backed STC, which has also seen infighting among its ranks.

Both the government and the STC are nominal allies under a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which has been battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

Instability in the south complicates United Nations-led peace efforts.

A deeper investigation of the suspects behind the explosion is now underway.

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