Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement announced that Hassan Zaid, the Arab country’s minister of youth and sports affairs, was gunned down in the capital Sana’a by unidentified assailants.
“The minister of Youth and Sports Mr Hassan Zaid has been martyred after an assassination carried out by criminal elements affiliated to the enemy (Saudi-led coalition),” the ministry of interior said in a statement on Tuesday.
Two sources close to his family told Reuters that Zaid died in the hospital from his wounds after gunmen opened fire on his car in an area of the capital that houses embassies.
According to the interior ministry, Zaid – who was the secretary-general of Al-Haq Party – was shot in his car on Tuesday morning. His daughter, who was driving the car during the attack, has been seriously wounded, the statement added.
“The assassination of minister Hassan Zaid is a criminal act that comes within the context of planned attacks to target national figures,” it said.
Zaid, 66, was a leading opposition figure during the reign of the toppled regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh.