ADEN: At least six people were killed and dozens wounded in a double car bomb attack on Wednesday (Jul 6) targeting a military base adjoining Aden international airport in southern Yemen, according to security sources.
The attackers detonated a car bomb at the entrance to the base, allowing a second vehicle to drive inside where it exploded, a military source told AFP.
About two dozen militants launched an attack on the soldiers inside the base after the explosions. Gun battles at the base, in the Khor Maksar district, were going on and military reinforcements were arriving, security sources told Reuters.
The attack came as Muslims celebrated the feast of Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
The port city of Aden is under the control of government forces who are struggling to secure it more than a year after it was taken back from Shiite Huthi rebels who have seized control of large parts of the country.
Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has exploited the power vacuum created by civil conflict in the impoverished country to expand its presence in the south and southeast.
Last week, Islamic State bombings in the southern Yemen port city of Mukalla killed 38 and in May a suicide bomber killed eight people and wounded a senior army commander in an attack on a convoy in eastern Yemen.