Suicide bombing hits UAE-backed force in Yemen’s Aden: Security source

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Yemenis inspect the site of a suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group on August 29, 2016 at an army recruitment centre in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Yemeni security officials told AFP that the attacker drove an explosives-laden vehicle into a gathering of army recruits at a school in northern Aden, killing at least 60. / AFP PHOTO / SALEH AL-OBEIDI

Aden: A suicide bombing hit Yemeni troops trained by the United Arab Emirates in the government bastion of Aden on Tuesday, a security source said, with at least five people dead or wounded.

The attack in the north of the port city hit an army mess hall serving the so-called Security Belt brigade, supported by governmentally the UAE.

An AFP journalist saw at least five casualties being carried out of the charred building. Their condition was unclear.

Several cars parked nearby were severely damaged.

Aden is controlled by the Yemeni government and its allies in a Saudi-led coalition, who are battling Shiite Huthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa and much of the north.

But it also hosts jihadists of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group, who have both claimed attacks in the city in recent years.

On February 24, twin suicide bombings claimed by IS hit a base of an Aden counter-terrorism unit, killing five people, including a child.

The government established its headquarters in Aden, Yemen’s second city, after the rebels forced it out of the capital.

In January, Aden was rocked by deadly clashes that saw southern separatists seize much of the city from other pro-government forces.

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