A pregnant Yemen journalist was killed and another injured in an explosion in the capital Sanaa Saturday.
The attack on news conference hosted by the Chorus multimedia news agency, which honored the country’s journalists, appears to have been a targeted killing, according to Western sources.
According to Chorus’ general manager Omar Abdelaziz, the woman was standing in front of the conference hall “inside our press room” when the explosion took place.
“I immediately rushed outside to find her already wounded … one of the security cameras showed her coming out of the room that took a direct hit in the first place,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
He said his team “immediately” made arrangements to fly the woman to the hospital, where the expectant mother succumbed to her injuries.
As of press time, the identity of the woman, whose baby was eight months old, was not known.
Yemeni human rights activist Thamer al-Qimah told Reuters that car bombs were the typical method used in the country’s war.
“This morning we witnessed yet another car bomb attack in al-‘Janaza,” he said.
Al-Qimah noted that with Yemeni checkpoints deployed around more than 350 cities and roads, government forces sometimes turned to insurgent-led car bomb attacks to reach areas unknown.
Al-Qaida and the Islamic State have stepped up their anti-regime campaign recently, capturing several cities including the strategically important city of Jaar.
The Obama administration recently announced it will restart direct military operations against the terrorist group, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
The next phase of President Obama’s much anticipated counterterrorism strategy aims to open up air-strikes against AQAP in countries beyond al-Qaida’s core — such as Yemen and Somalia.