The governor and security director of the southern Yemeni city of Aden escaped a gun attack on their convoy on Tuesday, the latest in a string of militant attacks on the government, Al Arabiya news channel reported.
Three of the gunmen were killed in an exchange of fire, while two bodyguards and two civilians walking by were wounded, the official said. But Governor Aidarus al-Zubaidi and Brigadier General Shalal Ali Shayyeh were unhurt.
Both officials have survived attacks before.
Meanwhile, the Yemeni army and the National Resistance forces recaptured strategic locations in Al Misrakh and Haifan districts and forces rebel militants to flee.
Clashes also erupted in Baihan town after rebel militias fired Katyusha-type rockets on the government army forces.