Car bomb kills 5 in southern Yemen; Islamic State claims responsibility
Yemeni witnesses and officials say a powerful car bomb struck a government building in the southern port city of Aden, killing five people and wounding 12.
Sanaa: Yemeni witnesses and officials say a powerful car bomb struck a government building in the southern port city of Aden, killing five people and wounding 12.
The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group. The witnesses and security officials say the early Wednesday blast completely destroyed the finance ministry building, damaged nearby houses and triggered fires in shops in the area.
They spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution.
The US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites, said the Islamic State group's affiliate in Yemen claimed responsibility in an online statement.
Aden has seen an uptick in violence, with a series of attacks and assassinations claimed by the Islamic State branch.
The city is the seat of Yemen's internationally recognized government, which is at war with Shiite rebels.
Both Saudi Arabia and the US now accuse Iran of supplying ballistic missiles to Shiite rebels in Yemen, including one that targeted the kingdom's capital of Riyadh and its international airport.
The decade-old Houthi insurrection is just one of several security challenges in a country which is also home to one of al Qaeda's most active wings
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