Roadside blast kills 12 civilians in Yemen

A roadside explosion killed 12 civilians and wounded four in southern Yemen on Monday (August 14th) when a bomb targeting a military car hit their vehicle instead, AFP reported.

"The bomb was planted on a road in the Qaataba district of Daleh province and hit a civilian vehicle instead," a security source said.

Along with most of southern Yemen, Daleh is controlled by forces loyal to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which are battling the Iran-backed Houthis (Ansarallah).

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has exploited years of conflict between the government and the Houthis to expand its presence in Yemen, particularly in southern provinces, and regularly targets military outposts in the south.

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