IS car bomb kills Houthi leader in Yemen

At least eight people have been killed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa after a car bomb exploded near the home of a Shiite Houthi leader on Monday night.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.


The car bomb was placed near the house of Houthi leader Abdul Karim al-Kuhlani on Monday night.

It was detonated as al-Kuhlani’s convoy left his residence. Source say Al-Kuhlani was killed in the blast along with seven of his bodyguards.

Witnesses said that several others were also wounded in the explosion.

The Islamic State militant group later claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on Twitter.

Monday’s attack is the fifth car bomb attack the IS group has used to target the Shiite Houthi group in the capital since June.

The security situation in Yemen has seriously deteriorated since 2011 when mass protests forced former President Ali Abdullash Saleh to step down.

Reconciliation talks between the Shiite Houthi group and forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi have failed to resolve the crisis, instead creating a huge power vacuum for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the IS to expand their influence in the country.

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