Officials: Journalist, child killed in explosion in Yemen


SANAA, Yemen – A Yemeni journalist and her child were killed in an explosion that targeted her family’s vehicle on Tuesday in Aden, southern Yemen, officials said. The explosion was the last to shake the internationally recognized seat of government.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack and authorities said an investigation was underway. Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed called the explosion a “terrorist attack” caused by an improvised explosive device stuck in the journalist’s vehicle.

The blast took place in the Khormaksar neighborhood of Aden as Rasha Abdalla and her family visited a doctor, officials said. Abdalla, who works for United Arab Emirates-based satellite TV channel Asharq, was pregnant.

Abdalla and her child Jawad died at the scene, while her husband Mahmoud al-Attomy, also a journalist, was seriously injured and hospitalized in critical condition, they said. Three passers-by were also injured, they added.

Officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The coastal city of Aden has been rocked by several explosions in recent years, blamed on local affiliates of militant groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have also targeted the city with ballistic missiles and drones loaded with explosives.

Last month, at least eight people were killed by a car bomb near a security checkpoint outside Aden International Airport in Khormaksar. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Aden has been the internationally recognized seat of government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi since the Houthis took control of the capital of Sana’a in 2014, sparking civil war in Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition went to war in March 2015, backed by the United States, in an attempt to bring the government back to power. Despite a relentless air campaign and fighting on the ground, the war largely stalled and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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