Security sources and residents say the governor of Yemen's Aden province Jaafar Mohammed Saad had been killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on his convoy.
Several members of his entourage also died in the attack in Tawahi district of Aden city, they said.
At least 15 people have been killed and 30 others wounded by masked gunmen in an attack on a checkpoint in Yemen, officials have said.
A group of unidentified militants set off a car bomb and exchanged gunfire with government troops in the fortress city of Shibamin in the Hadramawt province.
The Yemen wing of the so-called Islamic State group has claimed they were responsible for the attack in posts on social media. That claim has not yet been confirmed.
Initial reports had suggested that the attack might be the work of al Qaeda, which controls much of Hadramawt province and has claimed previous attacks on the same checkpoint.
At least 27 people, including eight children, have been killed in an air strike on a wedding party in Yemen.
A local resident told Reuters that 12 women and seven men died in the strike on the southern village of Wahijah.
A local official put the death toll at 30.
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A British national held hostage in Yemen is "safe and well" after being freed by United Arab Emirates forces, David Cameron has said.
The Briton, named by the UAE's state news agency as Douglas Robert Semple, 64, was released in a military intelligence operation.
He had reportedly been working as an engineer when he was kidnapped in February last year.
I'm so pleased for the family of the British hostage in Yemen - who has been released safe and well. Thanks to the UAE for their help.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said a British national who has been freed after being held hostage in Yemen is "safe and well".
The Briton, whose identity has not been revealed, was freed after by United Arab Emirates forces.
I'm pleased to confirm that a British hostage held in Yemen has been extracted by UAE forces in a military intelligence operation.
The British national is safe and well and is receiving support from British Government officials. We are very grateful for the assistance of the UAE.
A British hostage has been released following an United Arab Emirates military intelligence operation in Yemen, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said.
Clashes at a prison in central Yemen have led to the escape of around 1,200 prisoners, Reuters have reported.
Officials from the prison told the news agency that several Al Qaeda suspects are among the escapees.