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Blast hits security post in Yemen govt bastion

AFP  |  Aden 

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

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

They said 10 people had been killed in the attack and more wounded. The number of casualties could not be confirmed by 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 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 November 5 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 IS to flourish in government-held southern Yemen.

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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 15:32 IST