A Yemeni navy admiral escaped an assassination attempt Tuesday in the south of the country blamed on Al-Qaeda, but two of his guards were killed, a military source said.

Admiral Kassem Labbuza, who heads a force charged with protecting the Balhaf port on the Gulf of Aden, was unharmed in the attack near a gas complex, the source said.

Two of his guards were killed, however, and a third wounded before the assailants identified as “Al-Qaeda members” fled the scene. […]