3 dead in IS-claimed Yemen suicide car bombing

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A suicide car bomb attack on a sports club in a rebel-held town of central Yemen killed three people, including a child, and wounded eight others Tuesday, a provincial official said.

US-based monitors SITE Intelligence Group said the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group claimed the attack, identifying the target as a meeting of Huthi rebels inside the club in Radaa, a town in Baida province.

The Sunni extremist group oftens targets Shiites, branding them heretics.

A security official said: "Huthi fighters opened fire on the car before it attacked the club, causing it to explode at the gate, leading to the deaths and injuries."

A nearby school was also damaged, the source said.

Late last month, dozens of suspected Al-Qaeda militants, civilians and a US Navy Seal were killed in a US raid on a compound in the same province.

Al-Qaeda and its jihadist rivals of IS have exploited a power vacuum created by the conflict between the government and the Shiite rebels to expand their presence in Yemen.

More than 7,400 people have been killed in the war since a Saudi-led coalition started a military intervention in support of the government in March 2015, the UN says.

That toll includes around 1,400 children.

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