At least seven people were killed in a Islamic State-claimed suicide car bomb attack outside the residence of embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in the southern city of Aden on Thursday, Reuters reported local officials and eyewitnesses as saying.
“A suicide car bomb targeted a security checkpoint about 500 meters from the Maashiq palace,” an official told Reuters over the phone.
“Seven people were killed and 10 were wounded. The majority of the casualties are civilians,” adding that President Hadi was not inside the building at the time of the attack.
The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statment. Similar incidents at the hands of Islamic State militants have been on the rise as the group steps up operations in the war-torn country.