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Car bomb attack kills four civilians in southern Yemen, Daesh claimed responsibility

A car bomb attack, claimed by Daesh, has killed at least four civilians and injured several others in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden.

The assailants detonated an explosive-laden bus in the Khor Maksar area of Aden near the finance ministry of the self-proclaimed government of former president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Wednesday.

The number of the casualties is expected to rise as an exchange of gunfire in the area has hampered the transfer of those wounded to hospitals.

Three of the wounded are said to be in critical conditions.

The magnitude of the explosion also shattered windows of adjacent houses.

The Takfiri Daesh terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack through its propaganda media outlet.

This is the third deadly terrorist attack by Daesh in Aden since November.

Daesh and the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have taken advantage of the chaos and breakdown of security in Yemen to tighten their grip on the southern and southeastern parts of the Arab country.

Aden is dominated by pro-Hadi Yemeni forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, which is a key member of a campaign led by the regime in Riyadh against Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate Hadi, who is a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime.

The United States has also been providing arms and military training as well as bombing coordinates to the Saudi-led coalition since the beginning of the protracted war, which has failed to achieve its goals.

More than 12,000 people have been killed since the onset of the campaign more than two and a half years ago. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and factories, has been reduced to rubble due to the war.

The UN has warned that Yemen is experiencing “the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet” as a result of the Saudi-led war, with some 17 million people being food insecure in the country.

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