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Yemen: Six killed in blast targeting top city officials

i24NEWS - AFP

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A busy street in the city of Marib, Yemen, October 1, 2021.
AFPA busy street in the city of Marib, Yemen, October 1, 2021.

Car-bomb in Yemen's city Aden targets governor, civilians injured

Six people were killed on Sunday in a car-bomb attack targeting Governor Ahmed Lamlas' entourage in Yemen's southern port city Aden, according to security sources. 

Governor Lamlas and Salem al-Socotri, a government minister, both survived the blast which detonated as their caravan passed. Sources confirmed that five members of the convoy were killed among 11 others wounded, three of whom were civilians. One person later succumbed to his wounds, bringing the death toll to six.

"A car bomb... on Al-Mualla Street exploded while the convoy of officials... was passing," a Yemeni security source told AFP.

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Saba News Agency reported that President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi called the attack a "terrorist operation." The report further added that Hadi ordered all security and military agencies to "take the necessary measures to ensure security and stability."

The central government relocated to Aden from the capital Sanaa in 2014, forced out by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who are fighting Saudi-backed Yemeni government loyalists. A separatist movement integrated into the central government in Aden last year, and both have long been aligned against the Houthi rebels. 

A grinding civil war continues to turmoil the state of Yemen. Since the Houthis renewed their campaign for Marib in June of this year, the death toll of civilians - along with insurgents and pro-government troops - has dramatically increased as fighting intensifies