Unknown gunmen assassinated a leader of the UAE-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Hadhramaut province, eastern Yemen, Yemen News Portal reported on Friday, based on the testimonies of local sources.
According to the sources, gunmen on a car opened fire at the head of the STC’s branch in al-Abar district, Salem al-Sayari directorate while he was in the Mankhr area of Hadhramaut Valley.
The sources noted that al-Sayari was killed instantly at the scene. The STC accused the Islah party of standing behind, according to the sources.
The assassination comes amid escalating conflict between the STC and “Islah” over control of the oil-rich Hadhramaut valley directorates, where the STC seeks to seize them as “Islah ” still have to them.