Not less than 20 policemen have killed in separate attacks by Shiite rebels and a jihadist suicide bomber in Yemen.
The assault occurred in the government-held city of Aden on Thursday. According to reports, many of the officers were newly trained cadets, security and medical personnel.
The attacks were the first to hit the southern port city in more than a year, and it dealt a heavy blow to the government’s re-organised security forces, which have been trained and equipped by the United Arab Emirates.
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The first attack was a suicide car bombing, carried out by jihadists on a police station.
The bomber killed three officers and wounded at least 20 others, including civilian bystanders, a security source said.
“Tens of wounded were hospitalised at Aden surgical hospital after an explosion in the surrounding area,” Doctors Without Borders said on Twitter.
The second attack was carried out by the Huthi rebels, who said they launched a drone and a ballistic missile at a training camp west of Aden.
At least 17 policemen were killed and dozens wounded, a medical source said.
The aerial attack came, as senior commanders were overseeing a passing out parade for newly graduated cadets at Al-Jala; a key training camp, which is 20 kilometres west of Aden.
The missile struck about five metres from the viewing platform, with a senior commander being among the dead.
Around 30 to 35 people were killed or wounded, most of who are new graduates of the so-called Security Belt force.
The force of the blast left a large crater in the ground, with torn bodies littering the ground.
Aden is controlled by the Yemeni government and its supporters in a Saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting the rebels since 2015.