On February 24, two booby-trapped cars exploded near the main gate of the Counter-Terrorism Forces’ headquarters in the southern Yemeni coastal city of Aden, according to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV.
Yemeni sources said that two ISIS fighters had attacked the gate and had tried to sneak into the headquarter after the explosions. However, the attackers were killed by the Counter-Terrorism Forces (CTF).
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq confirmed that ISIS cells had been behind the attack on the CTF’s headquarter in the city of Aden and claimed that dozens of CTF servicemembers had been killed.
However, Yemeni sources reported that only nine persons, including five civilians, had been killed while over twenty others had been injured. Photos released by Yemeni activists also revealed that several armored vehicles of the CTF had been destroyed.
Over the last few months, the ISIS influence has grown around and even inside Aden, which is held by the Saudi-led coalition. On November 5, 2017 over 20 Yemeni Police service members were killed in a large ISIS attack on the headquarters of the Yemeni Police in Aden.
Photos of the ISIS attack in Aden: