AP, REUTERS | Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
People gather at the site of a suicide car bomb attack outside a police forces camp in Aden, Yemen on November 14, 2017. (REUTERS)
The group affiliated to Daesh in Yemen claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing early Tuesday that targeted security forces in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least six people and injuring scores.
Two suicide bombers detonated a car packed with explosives in Yemen’s southern city of Aden on Tuesday, killing at least six people, witnesses said.
Dozens of other people, including civilians, were wounded in the attack, which occurred outside a camp used by a local security force organized by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi terrorist militia.
Witnesses described a huge explosion that shook the Al-Mansoura district in northern Aden, destroying at least one building and shattering windows in others.
The attack caused panic in this densely populated area, which is busy with schools, markets and street vendors.
Ambulances rushed to the scene to evacuate the wounded. Pictures circulating on social media showed several young men in military uniform being carried away.
Extremist militants have exploited the fighting in Yemen to try to recruit more followers and expand their influence in the country, which sits near main shipping lanes.
The camp attacked on Tuesday was occupied by a local force called the Security Belt, in Al-Mansoura.
The Security Belt was set up by the United Arab Emirates to help restore security to the port city, the temporary capital of Hadi’s government after the Saudi-led coalition helped local fighters drive the Houthis terrorist militia out of Aden in 2015.
The Daesh affiliate in Yemen claimed responsibility in an online statement, hours after the attack. It named the suicide bomber as Abu Hagar Al-Adani, which indicates the attacker hailed from Aden.
This attack was the second by Daesh in Aden in less than two weeks. On Nov. 5, militants attacked the security headquarters in Aden, killing 18 and injuring many more, taking over the building, and seizing hostages.