Aden: A suicide bomber killed an Army general of Yemen on Monday, according to the security officials.
The Army general was leading a fight against al Qaeda militant group in southern Yemen, the officials said further.
The officials say Army Gen Salem Ali al-Quton was killed while on his way to work.
The Yemen-based al Qaeda branch has claimed responsibility for the killing.
The suicide bombing was in revenge for the US-led army offensive against the al Qaeda bastions in neighboring southern province of Abyan and the intensified air strikes on senior members of the terrorist group, the al Qaeda spokesperson told Xinhua in an exclusive phone interview.
Al-Quton was appointed in April as the commander of the army in the south. The military there scored a series of battlefield victories last week against al Qaeda, driving militants out of the cities of Zinjibar and Jaar in Abyan province.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.