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Dead, wounded in car bomb attacks on Yemen Shiite militia

By AFP - Dec 18,2014 - Last updated at Dec 18,2014

SANAA — Twin car bomb attacks in Yemen's western port city of Hodeida targeting Shiite militiamen left dozens of people dead and wounded on Thursday, a security official said.

"The two explosions were the result of two car bombs and left dozens dead and wounded," the official told AFP, without providing any precise figures.

The first bomb detonated at the Hodeida headquarters of the Shiite militia known as Ansarullah which seized the town at the end of September, said the official.

The other bomb went off close to another position of the Shiite militia west of Hodeida University, not far from the site of the first attack.

Thursday's attacks came two days after 16 schoolgirls were among 26 people killed in a car bomb attack targeting a Shiite militia leader in the central town of Rada.

Yemen has been rocked by worsening instability since the Shiite fighters, who are also known as Houthis, seized control of the capital Sanaa on September 21.

The Houthis have since expanded their presence in central and western Yemen, including Hodeida, but have met fierce resistance from Sunni tribes and Al Qaeda militants.

Thursday's attack came as a new Yemeni government won a confidence vote in parliament a month after its formation.

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