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Suicide bomber kills 4 Yemen troops near Aden airport

Groups including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State have increased their presence in Aden amid the chaos of Yemen's brutal civil war
Yemeni onlookers and security forces gather at the site where a car bomb exploded (AFP)
Four Yemeni soldiers were killed in a Sunday suicide attack on a checkpoint near the international airport in Aden, the country's second city and home to a growing militant presence, a security official said.
 
"A suicide bomber driving a bomb-laden vehicle blew himself up on Sunday upon arrival at a checkpoint near Aden airport," the official told AFP.
 
"Four soldiers were killed and two others were wounded," he added, without blaming any group for the attack.
 
Yemen has been rocked by more than a year of fighting between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces, supported by a Saudi-led coalition.
 
Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) have exploited the unrest, with both groups strengthening their presence in the south, including in Aden, which is serving as a temporary capital for the government.
 
Both groups have claimed several attacks against the army and government installations in the port city.
 
On Friday, a car bomb exploded in the port city near a building housing the foreign ministry, without causing casualties, security sources said.
 
IS claimed responsibility for that attack and also for a suicide bombing Tuesday in Aden targeting army recruits that killed five.
 
Forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi have launched operations against IS and al-Qaeda in recent weeks, backed by the firepower of the Arab coalition.
 
Late Saturday, five al-Qaeda suspects were killed in Arab coalition air raids against two vehicles carrying militants in Jaar, a town in the southern Abyan province, security officials said.
 
Other strikes hit suspected militants in Abyan's provincial capital Zinjibar, the sources said, without providing a casualty toll.  
 
Pro-government forces on Friday expelled al-Qaeda fighters from Huta, another provincial capital close to Aden, and arrested 49 people suspected of being militants, security officials said. 
 
The United Nations has raised alarm over the growing influence of al-Qaeda in Yemen and the mounting civilian toll from the coalition air strikes as it pushed all sides to come to the negotiating table for talks to be held in Kuwait on Monday.
 
More than 6,400 people have been killed since the Saudi-led coalition began an air campaign in March last year to push back the rebels, who still retain control of the capital Sanaa.
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