Yemen bomb blast kills Hadi Loyalists
Yemeni fighters loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi drive in the Yafa area some 180 kilometres north of the port city of Aden on August 9, 2016. (AFP/File)
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Nearly a dozen soldiers loyal to Yemen's Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the president who has resigned and fled the capital Sana'a, have been killed in a car bomb explosion targeting a police station in the southern province of Abyan.
A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said an attacker drove his explosives-laden car into the station building in al-Wade'a district of the province, located more than 270 kilometers (167 miles) south of the capital on Sunday afternoon. Ten soldiers were killed and 14 others were injured.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the blast, but al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Daesh groups have occasionally carried out acts of militancy in the region.
The development came on the same day that Saudi Arabia pressed ahead with its deadly campaign against Yemen and Saudi warplanes targeted several areas across the impoverished conflict-ridden country.
Earlier on Sunday, Saudi aircraft struck Karsh district in Yemen's southwestern province of Lahij. There were no reports of casualties and damage.
Saudi jets bombarded al-Dhaher and Shada'a districts in the mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada. The warplanes also bombed al-Arqoub military base in eastern Sana'a.
Yemen has been under airstrikes by Saudi Arabia since March 26, 2015. The Saudi campaign was launched in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Hadi.
Ansarullah fighters took over state matters after Hadi’s resignation and his escape from the capital.
The United Nations puts the death toll from the 18-month conflict in Yemen at about 10,000. UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said last month that the toll could rise even further as some areas had no medical facilities, and that people were often buried without any official record being made.