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Car bomb kills 3 in southern Yemeni city of Aden

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SANAA, Yemen: — A car bomb went off on Tuesday outside a supply post belonging to a Yemeni security force backed by the United Arab Emirates in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least three people, security officials said.

The attack injured five other people including two children, they said.

The officials said the blast shook Aden and sent a column of black smoke skyward.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. It said an explosives-laden vehicle hit a supply and provision post belonging to the pro-UAE Security Belt Forces in in Aden.

Aden, on the Arabian Sea, has been frequently hit by attacks blamed on Islamic militants. It has been the seat of the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi since 2014, when Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, seized the capital Sanaa and forced him into self-exile.

A Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi has been at war with the Houthis since March 2015.

Aden is controlled by a loose coalition of troops loyal to the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, local militias and jihadi groups.

They are battling Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who seized Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, in 2014 and later swept across much of northern Yemen. Aden serves as the temporary capital the internationally recognized government.

The rebels seized Sanaa, the capital, in September 2014 after they drove out the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

The Houthi’s advances forced Hadi to flee the country and seek shelter in neighboring Saudi Arabia.(Agencies)

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