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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Two guards killed in ISIL-claimed car bombing in Yemen

The bomb was detonated outside the Yemeni finance ministry offices

A police trooper mans a machine gun mounted on a patrol truck at the site of a car-bomb attack outside the finance ministry offices in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen on November 29, 2017. Fawaz Salman / Reuters
A police trooper mans a machine gun mounted on a patrol truck at the site of a car-bomb attack outside the finance ministry offices in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen on November 29, 2017. Fawaz Salman / Reuters

A dawn car bombing claimed by ISIL hit the finance ministry of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government on Wednesday, killing two guards and wounding four, a security source said.

In a statement on its Amaq propaganda arm, ISIL claimed the "detonation of a parked explosive-laden vehicle" outside the ministry building in Yemen's second city Aden, the SITE Intelligence monitoring group reported.

Aden serves as the headquarters of the Yemeni government. Despite a Saudi-led military intervention launched in March 2015, the capital Sanaa and much of north of the country remain in the hands of the Houthi rebels.

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The power vacuum has allowed both Al Qaeda and its rival ISIL to bolster their presence in Yemen, particularly in the government-held south.

Aden has been hit by a spate of bombings that have killed hundreds of people, some claimed by Al Qaeda and some by ISIL.

With US-backing, the Saudi-led coalition has expanded its campaign in Yemen to battle the extremists in the south, but they retain control of parts of the mountainous and desert interior.