Yemen blast: Explosion in govt bastion of Aden kills 10, injures several, according to witnesses

Aden: A bombing hit a security post in Yemen's government bastion of Aden on Tuesday, killing and wounding several people, witnesses and police sources said.

Witnesses in the southern Aden province told AFP they heard a loud explosion followed by gunfire at the main office of UAE-trained security forces in charge of guarding state-owned facilities.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

They said 10 people had been killed in the attack and more wounded. The number of casualties could not be confirmed by government sources.

It was not immediately clear how the bombing was carried out. One police source said it appeared that explosives in a vehicle had been remotely detonated during the attack. Another said there had been a suicide bomber inside the car.

The Zayed bin Sultan mosque, which is located near the security office and funded by the UAE, was also damaged in the attack.

The United Arab Emirates, which has trained government forces in southern Yemen, is a key member of a Saudi-led military coalition fighting alongside the government.

Yemen's war pits the Saudi-backed government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and his Huthi rebel allies.

A major attack on Aden on 5 November killed 35 people, sparking a hostage crisis in a city that had seen a period of relative calm in the war-torn country. The Islamic State group claimed the attack.

The Yemen war has killed thousands, pushed the country to the brink of famine and allowed Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Islamic State to flourish in government-held southern Yemen.


Updated Date: Nov 14, 2017 14:42 PM

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