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At least 6 people killed in suicide car bombing in Aden: report

Update: Witnesses say 2 suicide car bombers detonate car packed with explosives in Yemen's southern city

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10:16 November 14, 2017
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Aden: 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 rebels.

Witnesses described a huge explosion that shook the Al Mansoura district in northern Aden, destroying at least one building and shattering windows in others.

Ambulances rushed to the scene to evacuate the wounded. Pictures circulating on social media showed several young men in military uniform being carried away.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Militants have exploited the fighting 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 UAE 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 out of Aden in 2015.

Aden is the key southern port city of Yemen.

On November 5, a suicide bomb attack in the same city killed seven people, which was later claimed by Daesh in a statement posted by its Amaq News Agency.

A dozen people were also injured in that attack after the bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the entrance gate to the building, according to reports.