ADEN, Yemen, March 4 (Xinhua) -- A high-ranking officer of the Yemeni navy forces escaped an assassination attempt that killed two members of his entourage and seriously wounded another in the southeastern province of Shabwa on Tuesday evening, a local security official told Xinhua.
"The motorcade of Admiral Qasim Laboza, commander of the Second Armored Brigade in Shabwa, was attacked as he passed through an area near the Belhaf port on the Gulf of Aden, leaving two dead and one seriously wounded from his entourage," the official said on condition of anonymity.
"Laboza, who was not injured, commands the joint army forces tasked with protecting gas and oil facilities in Shabwa," he added.
A source of local intelligence room confirmed to Xinhua the failed assassination bid, saying that "the attack is under investigation and the navy admiral was receiving medical treatment in a hospital in Shabwa."
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot were blamed by the country's government for a series of assassinations and armed attacks, mostly in the country's southern regions.
The al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which emerged in January 2009, is considered the most strategic threat to the Yemeni government and neighboring oil-rich Saudi Arabia.