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ADEN, Yemen- Three civilians were killed and five others wounded, when a minibus ran over a roadside bomb, in Yemen's southern province of al-Dhalea on Wednesday, a security official said.

"The deadly incident took place in Sanah area of al-Dhalea province. The injured citizens were all shifted to the public hospital in the city," the local security source said.

He said, the bus, which was carrying eight family members, was damaged by the blast.

The security official said that, an investigation was underway and blamed elements of the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch for being behind the blast.

Witnesses said, the explosion occurred just a few minutes after a convoy carrying senior military leaders, passed from the same road.

Hundreds of newly-recruited Yemeni troops, backed by the United Arab Emirates, arrived on Monday, in al-Dhalea province, for the first time and were deployed around key government facilities.

Leaders of the UAE-backed Security Belt Forces, also visited al-Dhalea, and urged local citizens to firmly stand against "sabotage elements and kick out terrorists from their areas."


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