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Roadside bomb attack on Yemen separatist forces kills three

Mohammed Ghobari
·2-min read
FILE PHOTO: Security forces loyal to the separatist Southern Transitional Council stand guard as they are deployed in the southern port city of Aden

By Mohammed Ghobari

ADEN (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed a civilian and two fighters travelling in a convoy of vehicles belonging to Yemen's main southern separatist forces in Aden city on Thursday, the militia said.

The Southern Transitional Council (STC) forces had earlier said that a car bomb struck the convoy carrying a general, but the armed forces command later said in a statement that it was a roadside bomb.

"Terrorist elements planted an explosive device ... and detonated it when the general's convoy passed and then opened fire," it said, adding that the civilian killed had been in the vicinity.

It said several people were injured but gave no figure.

Video footage shared by STC activists on Facebook showed a white four-wheel-drive vehicle with extensive damage.

Aden is the seat of Yemen's internationally recognised government, which in December formed a new power-sharing cabinet including the STC under a deal brokered by Saudi Arabia.

The STC said in a statement that those behind the attack are "declaring that their battle is not against the Houthi enemy ... but against the south, its leadership and forces" but did not specify which Yemeni party it was referring to.

Riyadh is leading a military coalition fighting to oust the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement that controls much of north Yemen and the capital Sanaa, and restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

On Dec. 30, at least 22 people were killed and dozens wounded in an attack on Aden airport moments after a plane landed with members of the new cabinet. The coalition blamed the Houthi movement, who denied responsibility.

The power-sharing deal ended a standoff that had triggered clashes in Aden and complicated United Nations efforts to broker a permanent ceasefire in the overall conflict.

The war has killed more than 100,000 people and caused the world's largest humanitarian crisis.

(Additional reporting by Mohammed Mokhashef in Aden and Maher Chmaytelli in Dubai; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Kevin Liffey, William Maclean)