Car bomb attack targeting Iranian envoy kills three in Yemen

Published December 3rd, 2014 - 09:39 GMT

At least three people have been killed and several others wounded in a car bomb attack that targeted the residence of the Iranian ambassador to Yemen in the Arab country’s capital, Sanaa.

Witnesses say the bomb went off outside the building early on Wednesday.

Unconfirmed reports say Iranian envoy Hossein Niknam was not at home when the bomb went off. While Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham says all Iranian diplomats in Yemen are in good health.

Niknam took office as Iran’s new ambassador to Yemen on Monday.

Al-Qaeda militants frequently carry out bomb attacks in Yemen and have been locked in deadly battles with Ansarullah fighters.

Al-Qaeda-linked violence against Yemeni security forces has been growing since February 2012, when President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi came to power in a one-man election backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Hadi replaced long-time dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh who was ousted after a year of mass protests across the country.

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