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Aden (Arabic: عدنʻAdan) is a governorate of Yemen, including the city of Aden. At the 2004 census it had a population of 589,419.[2] The ancient capital, the port city of Crater, was located here.

Aden
Governorate
Adan in Yemen.svg
CountryYemen
SeatAden
Government
 • GovernorAhmed Salmin Rabi' (Acting)
Area
 • Total1,114 km2 (430 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total731,000
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)

Aden was under British rule in the period from 1839 to 1967. In 1967, after years of struggle, Aden and other southern governorates gained their independence. The city of Aden subsequently became the capital of South Yemen between 1967 and 1990). In 1990, both South Yemen and North Yemen combined to form the present Republic of Yemen. Aden is now the commercial capital of the Republic of Yemen.

The archipelago of Socotra was part of the Governorate of Aden, but it was attached to Hadhramaut Governorate in 2004.

On 6 December 2015, the governor of Aden, General Jaafar Mohammed Saad, was killed in a car bomb attack that also killed six members of his entourage. Several other bystanders were wounded. Shortly after the attack, responsibility was claimed by Islamic State.[3]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistical Yearbook 2011". Central Statistical Organisation. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Law, Gwillim (27 July 2010). "Governorates of Yemen". Statoids. Gwillim Law. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  3. ^ Mukhashaf, Mohammad (6 December 2015). "Yemen's Aden governor killed in car bombing claimed by Islamic State". Reuters. Retrieved 6 December 2015.

Coordinates: 12°54′N 44°55′E / 12.900°N 44.917°E / 12.900; 44.917