12 Civilians Killed in Car Bomb at South Yemen’s Aden Airport

Children among slain, no claim of responsibility

A car bomb blast took place near the airport in the southern Yemen city of Aden on Saturday, with at least 12 people reported slain, all of them civilians and some children. An unknown number of wounded were also reported.

Officials from the separatist STC confirmed the attack and the toll. There has so far been no claim of responsibility by any faction, though there are certainly no shortage of possibilities.

A suicide bomber (the attacker’s body was destroyed in the fire) likely means an Islamist faction, either al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) or ISIS. Either of those factions has been known to attack around Aden, and could be at play here.

Though groups don’t always immediately take credit for attacks, they generally don’t wait long, so a statement claiming this attack is likely to come in the next few days.

Author: Jason Ditz

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