Bomb blast kills seven Yemeni civilians in market

DUBAI (AFP) – A bomb attack in a market killed seven Yemeni civilians including a photographer for a UAE television channel in the government-controlled town of Mokha, medics and military sources said yesterday.

At least 20 people were wounded in the overnight blast in the Red Sea town, where pro-government forces backed by a coalition battling the Huthi rebels are based.

The improvised explosive device was planted on a motorcycle parked in the middle of the market, an official in the pro-government forces told AFP.

Seven people were killed, the official and a hospital source said.

A photographer for Abu Dhabi TV, Ziad al-Sharabi, was among the dead, the official Saba news agency quoted Information Minister Moammer al-Eryani as saying.

A correspondent for the same network, Faisal Al-Zabhani, was among the wounded, he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Saba blamed it on the Iran-aligned Huthis.