ADEN : Satu letupan kuat berlaku di sebuah lapangan terbang di bandar Aden, Yaman ketika sebuah pesawat yang membawa barisan Kabinet yang baharu dilantik mendarat.
Memetik laporan The Associated Press, Kementerian Dalam Negeri memaklumkan 22 maut manakala 50 yang lain cedera.
Turut dilaporkan, tiada menteri Kabinet terkorban dalam letupan berkenaan.
Pihak berkuasa memaklumkan punca letupan tersebut masih belum dikenal pasti dan setakat ini masih tiada pihak mengaku bertanggungjawab.
Bagaimanapun, Menteri Komunikasi, Moammar Al-Eryani memaklukan letupan tersebut dipercayai serangan oleh pemberontak Houthi yang disokong Iran.
Namun, Houthi menafikan tuduhan tersebut. Awani
Deadly blast hits Yemen’s Aden airport as plane carrying new Cabinet lands
A large explosion has struck the airport in Yemen’s city of Aden moments after a plane landed carrying a newly formed Saudi-backed cabinet for government-held parts of Yemen.
Security sources said at least 16 people were killed and 60 were wounded in the blast while medical sources gave the much higher death toll of 26.
AP footage from the scene showed members of the government delegation disembarking as the blast shook the grounds. No one on the government plane was hurt but many ministers rushed back inside the plane or ran down the stairs, seeking shelter.
Officials at the scene said they have seen bodies lying on the tarmac and elsewhere at the airport.
The source of the blast was not immediately clear. Loud blasts and gunfire were heard at the airport shortly after the plane arrived, witnesses said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to the media.
The cabinet members, including Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, as well as Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Said al Jaber, were transferred safely to the city’s presidential palace, the witnesses and Saudi media said.
A separate explosion was then heard near Maasheq palace, where the cabinet was taken after the airport attack.