At least three people were killed and 18 wounded in an explosion at a weapons warehouse in Yemen’s southern Abyan province on Tuesday.
A security official said that the weapons were being stored in a two-story building at a popular market in the town of Lawdar.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said local people immediately rushed to the site and pulled the survivors from the ruins and nearby structures were also damaged due to the blast.
“Many of the wounded individuals were in critical condition and feared the death toll could rise further,” he said.
The cause of the blast was not known, and also there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion.
Yemen has been engulfed in war since 2014 when the Arab coalition intervened to support the Yemini government against the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, a group who seized the control of Sanaa, the war-hit capital city.
In May, a man dropped a hand grenade in a fish market in Aden, Yemen’s southern port city, leaving five dead and also wounded over 20 others.
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