At least eight people were killed in a car bomb explosion on Saturday in the southern Yemen city of Aden, officials said. The explosion was the last in Aden, the seat of the country’s internationally recognized government.
They added that the explosion occurred in the afternoon near a checkpoint near Aden International Airport in the Hormaksar area. Officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at least 11 people were injured because they were not authorized to conduct media briefings.
The blast damaged buildings and internet cafes in the area. Videos circulated on the Internet show how ambulances, sirens howling, rushing to the scene.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, and security officials in Aden said an investigation was ongoing. Prime Minister Main Abdulmalik Said called the explosion a “terrorist attack.”
In recent years, the coastal city has been rocked by several bombings, blamed on local branches of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels also hit the city with ballistic missiles and explosive drones.
Aden has been the seat of the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi since Iranian-backed Houthi rebels took over the capital Sana’a in 2014, sparking a civil war in Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition entered the war in March 2015 with the support of the United States to try to restore the government to power. Despite a relentless air campaign and ground fighting, the war has largely stalled and created the world’s most serious humanitarian crisis.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Houthis shelled the Camp residential area on the outskirts of the government-controlled city of Taiz, killing at least three children from the same family.
Muammar al-Iriani, minister of information for the internationally recognized government, said at least six people were injured and posted graphic images of injured children.
State news agency SABA reported that the Houthis fired a howitzer that fell in the area.
The Houthis did not receive immediate comment.
The shelling was the latest attack by Iranian-backed Houthis, resulting in civilian casualties. On Thursday, a Houthi ballistic missile struck a residential area in central Marib province, killing at least 11 civilians and injuring 16.