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Car bombing in Yemen, officials targeted, six others killed

By The Associated Press

SANAA: At least six people were killed in a car bombing in Yemen’s port city of Aden on Sunday, targeting two senior government officials, an official said.

The blast targeted a convoy of Agriculture Minister Salem al-Sokotrai and the government of Aden.

Information Minister Moammar al-Iriani said Ahmed Lamalas in Tawahi district.

Al-Iriani said the blast killed at least six of Lamlas’s accomplices and injured at least seven others.

He said the casualties were taken to hospitals for treatment.

According to security officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, the blast damaged several buildings in the area, immediately sealed by security forces because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Prime Minister Main Abdulmalik Saeed called the blast a “terrorist attack” and ordered an investigation.

No one immediately took responsibility.

Aden has been rocked by several explosions over the years, for which local allies of al-Qaeda and Islamic State groups have been blamed.

Aden has been the seat of the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi since Iranian-backed Houthi rebels captured the capital, Sanaa, triggering Yemen’s civil war.

The president then fled Aden to Saudi Arabia, which the following year led a military coalition to try to restore Hadi to power and threw its support behind his internationally backed government.

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