DAESH suicide bomber kills seven in Yemen

Suicide car bombing kills seven people and wounds seven others on police checkpoint in Yemen's southern city of Aden

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People try to extinguish fire at the site of a suicide car bombing outside the Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Rabbu Hadi's residence in the southern city of Aden, January 28, 2016

Updated Jan 30, 2016

Seven people were killed and seven others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in Yemen's southern city of Aden on Friday night, medics and security sources reported, which is the latest in a spate of deadly attacks by DAESH terrorists.

The sources said that the bombing targeted a police checkpoint not far from Thursday’s suicide attack that killed eight people, including soldiers and civilians, outside the presidential palace in the city.

Police tried to stop the vehicle, but it failed to slow down and blew up at the checkpoint in Aden's central Crater commercial neighbourhood, local officials and witnesses said.

A hospital spokesman also confirmed that seven people were killed in Friday’s suicide attack. It was unclear whether those figures included the attacker.

DAESH claimed responsibility in an online statement, naming the attacker as Oweis al Adani.

Al Qaeda and the rival DAESH terrorist group have increased their presence in Aden, where they occupied some government buildings and are seen patrolling several districts and intimidating civilians.

In recent months, they have claimed a series of attacks and assassinations.

On Thursday, the terrorists carried out a suicide car bombing outside Yemeni President, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi's residence in Aden that killed at least six people.

A government official said that Hadi was in the palace at the time of the attack but unharmed.

Aden has been the temporary headquarters of Hadi’s government as it has been fighting to retake large parts of Yemen from Houthi militants.

Hadi fled to Aden in early 2015 after escaping house arrest in the capital Sanaa, which was overran by the Houthis in September 2014. Then, the rebels moved south forcing Hadi to flee in March to Riyadh.

However, Hadi loyalists supported by Saudi-led air strikes recaptured the port city of Aden but they are still fighting to retake other provinces and push toward the rebel-held capital.

According to the United Nations figures, more than 5,800 people have been killed in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state, almost half of them civilians, since the coalition air campaign began 10 months ago.

TRTWorld and agencies