ADEN, Yemen, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Unknown gunmen kidnapped a leading member of Yemen's Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Islah party in the southern port city of Aden on Tuesday, a security official told Xinhua.
"Abdullah Shuaina, an Aden-based politician and member of Islah's party in Aden, was kidnapped by masked gunmen from an area near his residential building in Mansourah district," the local security source said on condition of anonymity.
The security official said that the whereabouts and safety of the kidnapped politician is still unknown.
A source of the local police authority in Aden, confirmed the kidnapping, adding that investigation on the incident has commenced.
Government officials, including high-ranking security commanders and intelligence officers, have been the prime targets of kidnapping incidents as well as armed attacks launched by unknown gunmen in recent days.
The southern port city of Aden is considered as Yemen's temporary capital and the Saudi-backed Yemeni government has been based itself there since 2015.
The impoverished Arab country has been locked into a civil war since late 2014, when the Houthi rebels overran much of the country and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa.