Middle East

At least 3 killed in suicide attack on Shiites in yemen

A soldier mans a checkpoint in Yemen's southern port city of Aden May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

ADEN: A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint manned by Shiite Muslim fighters in northern yemen on Friday, killing at least three people, officials and local people said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the sources said the attack in al Jawf province bore the hallmarks of Sunni Islamist al Qaeda militants, who have carried out similar attacks on northern yemen's Shi'ite Houthi tribal group in the past.

A Houthi source said the attacker had been heading for a Houthi cultural centre but when stopped at the checkpoint nearby, he detonated the car there. He said two Houthis were killed in the blast.

Al Qaeda militants have a strong presence in Maarib province, next to al Jawf.

At least 24 people have been killed this week in fighting between Shiite Muslim fighters and the army and allied Sunni tribesmen. Intense sectarian conflict this year has undermined attempts at national reconciliation in yemen.

The Houthis - who control much of the northern Saada province bordering Saudi Arabia - also blew up a Sunni religious education centre in Omran province in the north on Friday, local sources said.

Gulf Arab states and the United States are worried about violence in Western-allied yemen, a neighbour of major oil exporter Saudi Arabia and home to one of al Qaeda's most active wings.

Last month the yemeni army launched its biggest offensive in nearly two years to try to dislodge al Qaeda militants from southern strongholds, after a wave of attacks on government officials, security forces, foreigners and energy facilities.





Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here