A suicide bomber used a car to ram the convoy transporting Maj. Gen. Abdul Rahman Halili near the city of Qaten, the Gulf News newspaper reported. The blast is said to have killed several soldiers and civilians, while some others were injured.
No terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Yemen has dissolved into instability and violence since September 2014 when Houthi Shia rebels supported by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh rose against the government and seized large territories including the capital of Sana’a.
In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition launched an air strike campaign against the Houthis. A number of attempts to establish a UN-brokered ceasefire in Yemen have so far failed.