Vehicle bombs in Yemen's Aden kill 5

  • Vehicle bombs in Yemen's Aden kill 5

Vehicle bombs in Yemen's Aden kill 5

The two blasts reportedly ripped through the Yemeni southern city on Saturday, killing and injuring local residents, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

Yemeni security officials said today that one explosion targeted an anti-terrorism military camp with detention facilities for suspected militants.

Medical sources at the Basuheeb Military Hospital told Xinhua that "at least six soldiers were killed and almost 43 others injured, mostly civilians, as a result of the explosions". An Al Arbiya correspondent in the city reported that most of those killed are civilians.

"The explosions terrified dozens of families living in the area that hurried to the street to look for their children", eyewitness Gamal Mahdi told the AP.

Witnesses near the scene confirmed to Xinhua that heavy exchange of gunfire erupted shortly after the twin explosions that rocked the city. They added that the casualties were taken to hospitals for treatment.

Ali al-Saya, an STC member, also confirmed that one of the auto bombs targeted al-Zubaidi's residence, which is situated close to the anti-terrorism camp.

He said that the security forces manning the STC compound located near the headquarters of the anti-terror troops repulsed a number of militants who were trying to storm the two buildings.

The terrorist group Daesh has claimed responsibility for the bombings, according to Reuters.

Aden is the temporary capital of Yemen's internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition consisting largely of the Arab states, backed by the United States and the United Kingdom, among others, has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's request.