5 killed in explosion targeting Yemeni gov't officials in Aden (UPDATE)

Arab World Materials 10 October 2021 15:47 (UTC +04:00)
5 killed in explosion targeting Yemeni gov't officials in Aden (UPDATE)

A massive explosion struck a convoy of high-ranking Yemeni government officials in the country's southern port city of Aden on Sunday, a security official told Xinhua, Trend reports.

"A booby-trapped vehicle exploded in Aden's district of Tawahi, targeting a traveling convoy carrying a number of government officials," the local security source said on condition of anonymity.

The car bomb attack targeted the motorcade of Aden's governor Ahmed Lamlas and other officials of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, he said.

According to the local official, the city's governor and the minister of the agriculture survived the bombing attack unhurt.

Witnesses said that columns of black smoke were seen rising from the bombing site in Tawahi.

An official of Aden's local authority confirmed to Xinhua that five soldiers in charge of guarding Aden's governor were killed and a number of others wounded.

No group has claimed responsibility for the car bomb attack yet. However, Yemeni government officials blamed terror groups such as al-Qaida for the bomb explosions during the past months.

Local authorities are trying to maintain security and stability in the strategic Yemeni port city considered as the country's temporary capital.

14:15 (GMT+4) People were killed and wounded when a car bomb went off on Sunday in Aden, Yemen, Trend reports citing TASS.

According to Al Jazeera, the blast targeted the motorcade carrying Aden authorities.

Al Arabiya reports that the governor of Aden was targeted.