Yemeni security officials say a top commander has been injured in an assassination attempt by a suicide car bomber in southern Yemen, in an attack that also injured five of his guards.

The officials say that the bomber targeted Maj. Gen. Abdel-Rahman al-Halili, the commander of the First Army District in the province of Hadramawt. He was heading to a camp located between the towns of Qatn and Sayoum.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack but he was targeted by al-Qaida in failed assassination attempts before.

The provincial capital of Hadramawt, Mukalla, fell into hands of al-Qaida last year but the Saudi-led coalition supporting the internationally-recognized government has forced the group out.