Qaeda car bomb wounds Yemen security official

Al-Qaeda and the rival Islamic State group have exploited a power vacuum created by the conflict between the government and Huthi rebels to expand their presence in Yemen (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)

Aden (AFP) - A car bombing Wednesday in southern Yemen claimed by Al-Qaeda seriously wounded a senior security official and killed one of his guards, a security source said.

Four other guards were wounded in the attack on the convoy of the head of the security services in the town of Loder in Abyan province, the source said.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), seen by Washington as the jihadist network's most dangerous franchise, claimed responsibility, US-based watchdog SITE Intelligence Group said.

AQAP said the attack had killed a commander and a number of his guards.

Al-Qaeda and the rival Islamic State group have exploited a power vacuum created by the conflict between the government and Huthi rebels to expand their presence in Yemen, especially in the south.

Al-Qaeda fighters were driven out of towns and cities in Abyan province in September by government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition, fleeing to hard-to-reach areas.

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