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Bombing near Hadi's Aden residence kills six.

Summary: Daesh (ISIS) militants claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing outside Yemeni President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi's residence in the southern city of Aden Thursday that killed at least six people.

SANAA/ADEN: Daesh (ISIS) militants claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing outside Yemeni President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi's residence in the southern city of Aden Thursday that killed at least six people. Officials said Hadi was inside his residence at the Maashiq Palace at the time of the attack but was unharmed.

Hadi's office, in a statement carried by the government-run Saba news agency, said that 11 other people were injured in the attack, in which a car tried to crash through a checkpoint guarding the palace.

"A booby-trapped car was confronted while trying to break through the outer security ... and [security] prevented it from getting through by opening fire at it and detonating it," the statement said.

It said that six people were killed, five of them members of the palace security detail and one civilian.

Local officials and witnesses earlier reported that seven people had died and 10 were injured, and that the majority of casualties were civilians.

It was the latest in a spate of deadly attacks by Islamist militants on Yemeni government targets.

In a statement posted online, Daesh said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber it identified as Abu Hanifa al-Hollandi.

The nom de guerre suggested the attacker was a Dutch citizen.

Hadi fled the capital Sanaa in 2015, after the Houthis seized his presidential palace.

The Houthis later advanced through a large swath of Yemen and forced Hadi into exile in Saudi Arabia. But he has managed to re-base in Aden, Yemen's second-largest city, where his government is trying to project authority after its loyalists, backed by Gulf Arab forces, seized it back in July.

Aden, a city of some 1 million people, has been gripped by lawlessness, with regular bomb and gun attacks on security forces and civil servants, including judges. Vice President and Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, who has also recently returned to Aden and was believed to be staying at the Maashiq Palace, has been trying to coordinate efforts to bolster security in the city.

Dozens of armored vehicles and troops from the United Arab Emirates arrived in Aden's port Wednesday, security officials said, as part of a plan to tackle security chaos.

Daesh insurgents have stepped up operations, emerging as a forceful rival to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which has been the main Islamist militant group in the country in recent years.

Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera said in a statement Thursday that three of the network's journalists who were abducted in the city of Taiz have been released.

The network said that reporter Hamdi al-Bokari and crew members Abdulaziz al-Sabri and Moneer al-Sabai were freed. Bokari wrote on his Facebook page that he was abducted by Houthis and that they were subjected to "terrible mental torture" without elaboration.

Journalists have been frequently targeted in Yemen's deadly conflict.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:7YEME
Date:Jan 29, 2016
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