Islamic State car bomb kills 3 in Yemen's Aden

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A car bomb went off on Tuesday outside a supply post belonging to a Yemeni security force backed by the United Arab Emirates in the southern port city of Aden, killing at least three people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

The attack wounded 35 others, including two children, security officials said. The officials said the blast shook Aden and sent a column of black smoke skyward. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. It said an explosives-laden vehicle hit a supply and provision post belonging to the pro-UAE Security Belt Forces in Aden.

Aden, on the Arabian Sea, has been frequently hit by attacks blamed on Islamic militants.

It has been the seat of the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi since 2014, when Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, seized the capital, Sanaa. A Saudi-led coalition backing Hadi has been at war with the Houthis since March 2015.

The UAE is a key member of the coalition, but is locked in a long-running political dispute with Hadi. The two maintain separate security forces in southern Aden, which have clashed in recent months.

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