Commander of so-called Giants Brigades (also known as al-Amaliqah), Brigadier General Abdul Rahman Abu Zara’a al-Mahrami has on Thursday survived an assassination attempt on the west coast front of Yemen Thursday, military sources said.
According to the sources, gunmen fired a barrage of bullets at the convoy of the Brigadier General during his visit to the frontlines in the city of al-Khokha, south Hodeidah province.
Observers suggested that Tariq Afash’s forces were behind the assassination attempt against the Amaliqah leader, stressing that Tariq wants to get rid of him so that he can lead the joint forces on the west coast.
Tariq Afash previous tried to get rid of al-Mahram by excluding him from leadership over the Giants Brigades and having him summoned to the UAE on charges of corruption. However, the Emiratis eventually did appoint al-Mahrami as leader of the mercenary group, thus thwarting Tariq Afash’ plans.
According to observers, Abu Zara’a al-Mahrami’s return to the West Coast is a severe blow to Tariq Afash, who was seen as the first UAE-backed leader on the West Coast.
Tariq Afash’s media launched verbal attacks on al-Mahrami when he returned from the UAE to the west coast last week, asking him to stay in his military unit.
The Giants Brigades are made up of 12 brigades made up mostly out of residents of the southern provinces, who belong to the radical Salafist movement. Most of its leaders are members of al-Qaeda or the so-called Ansar al-Sharia, who took control of Abyan province in 2011 and 2012 Ansar al-Sharia is one of the organisations in Yemen that is reportedly affiliated with both Daesh and al-Qaeda.
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