DAESH terrorists have claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing on Thursday that killed seven people outside the presidential palace where Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Rabbu Hadi resides.
"A suicide car bomb targeted a security checkpoint about 500 metres [yards] from the Maashiq palace," the official told Reuters by telephone.
"Seven people were killed and 10 were wounded. The majority of the casualties are civilians," the official added.
It was also reported that President Hadi was present at the palace when it was attacked, but he was unharmed.
DAESH said the attack was conducted by a suicide bomber it called Abu Hanifa al Hollandi, in a statement released online. The nom de guerre suggested the attacker was a Dutch citizen.
The incident is the latest in a series of fatal attacks by terrorists targeting government and security points.
DAESH has stepped up operations in the Arabian Peninsula as a rival to Al Qaeda, which has been the main militant group in the country in recent years.
Suicide bombings by DAESH terrorists targeting a hotel housing the government in Aden and a Houthi-run mosque in Sanaa caused the death of 22 people on October 5.
President Hadi is based in Aden, Yemen's second largest city, where his embattled government is trying to project its authority after government troops backed by Arab forces recaptured it in July.
They have been battling the Iran-allied Houthi militants and loyalists of the country's former leader who are based in the capital Sanaa in a war that has raged for nine months and in which some 6,000 people have been killed.
On Wednesday, United Arab Emirates stationed dozens of armoured vehicles and troops in Aden's port as part of a plan to end security chaos, security officials said.