Ali Nasser Mohammed, the former South Yemen President, urged President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi to uproot terrorism from Yemen and offered him, the army, the martyr’s family as well as all Yemeni people his sincere condolences on the death of the Southern Military Region commander, Salem Qatan, who was killed on Monday by al-Qaeda suicide bomber in the southern port city of Aden.
In a press release, Mohammed condemned the attack that targeted Qatan in Aden and said that the attack came as retaliation for the recently defeats of the militant group in the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa by the Yemeni army.
He further hailed the role of the armed forces in the victory over al-Qaeda in the southern part of the country, arguing that this victory will help Yemen restore stability and security.
“The suicide attack that killed Qatan will be added to the black record of the terror network as it killed both soldiers and civilians in Abyan, Shabwa and elsewhere in Yemen,” said Mohammed in the statement.
He called for mobilizing all the national and international community efforts to eliminate the terror network of al-Qaeda and eradicate it right from the roots, stressing terrorism will not be eradicated from Yemen unless all the national and international efforts are unified in order for Yemen not to be a failed state that threatens the national, regional and international peace and security.