Update: Two car bombings in Aden thwarted by Yemeni police

Published April 17th, 2016 - 09:30 GMT
People gather at the site of a car bombing near the Foreign Ministry in Aden on Friday. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
People gather at the site of a car bombing near the Foreign Ministry in Aden on Friday. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)

Reuters reports that pro-Hadi police forces stopped two attempted car bombings in Aden, the day before Yemen peace talks are slated to commence in Kuwait. 

Early Sunday morning, a car accelerated toward a police checkpoint near the Aden airport. Police opened fire on the vehicle and the car exploded. Five police officers were wounded, and one was killed, a medical source told Reuters.

Police also disarmed a car rigged with explosives parked near the airport in the northeast of the city.

On Friday, an unknown group detonated a car bomb near the foreign ministry building in Aden, but no casualties were reported.

Security forces closed off the area and were investigating.

UN-backed peace talks are scheduled to begin in Kuwait this week between embattled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government and the Houthi rebels. Aden became the temporary seat of Hadi's government, after the Houthis gained control of the capital, Sanaa. 

According to Reuters, both Daesh and Al-Qaeda have active factions in Yemen that have also caused destructions. No group has claimed the attempted car bombings. 


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