At least 12 Shiite Houthi militants were killed late Sunday in a series of blasts targeting their patrols in Yemen's central Radaa district, a local source has said.
"Some 12 militants were killed when explosives devices went off at Houthi patrols in Khabza village in the province," the source told The Anadolu Agency.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the blasts.
Since they took control of the capital, Sanaa, in late September, Houthis have sought to expand their influence to other parts of the country farther afield.
The Houthis' growing power in fractious Yemen has raised fears of sectarian conflict in the poor Arab country, which has remained in turmoil since a 2011 popular uprising ended the decades-long rule of president Ali Abdullah Saleh one year later.
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