Six people died and at least 35 were hurt on Friday when a bomb hidden in a motorcycle went off outside a mosque in Yemen's northern city of Saada. The blast happened as worshippers, including army officers, were leaving the Salman Mosque after Friday prayers, officials and security sources said.
"We estimate so far six dead and around 35 wounded," Motahhar Rashad told Al Jazeera television. "It is a large mosque."
Rescue workers were still helping people at the scene, and medical sources told Reuters some 100 people had been taken to two hospitals in the area. There are conflicting reports regarding the cause of the explosion. Some witnesses said a minibus parked outside the mosque went off, while others said the blast was caused by a booby-trapped motorcycle.
The northwestern province has been rocked by sporadic violence since a conflict broke out in 2004 between government forces and gunmen loyal to Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.