Suicide bombing kills 10 near Aden airport in Yemen
Published 06/07/2016 | 08:36
A suicide car bombing has targeted a security compound near the international airport in the Yemeni city of Aden, killing at least 10 people, officials said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack which came as Muslims worldwide celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Yemen has recently been hit by attacks from an Islamic State affiliate.
The officials said that after the car bomb hit the Central Security headquarters, next to Aden International Airport, militants stormed the compound and clashed with soldiers. Explosions were heard and ambulance sirens wailed in the distance.
A spokesman said the death toll is expected to rise.
This year, Ramadan has been particularly bloody, with attacks that killed 350 people and spread terror across continents.
Yemen, which is in the grip of a civil war and has long battled a potent al Qaida branch known as Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, has also seen an Islamic State affiliate emerge to stage large-scale attacks, particularly in the country's south.
The civil war pits the country's Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies against the internationally recognised government, backed by the Saudi-led coalition of mainly Arab states.
Kuwait has hosted peace talks between the warring sides, which have now been suspended until mid-July, to try to resolve the conflict. Two months of negotiations have failed to reach a breakthrough.
The government has demanded the implementation of a UN Security Council resolution calling on the Houthis to withdraw from all towns and cities, including the capital, Sanaa, which they have overrun, and to surrender their heavy weapons.
The Houthis want to form a unity government prior to any changes on the ground, according to the negotiators.
Though a truce came into effect a week before the talks began, the two sides have repeatedly accused each other of breaking it.
The conflict in Yemen has killed about 9,000 people and pushed the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of famine.