a large explosion crashed into the airport in the South Yemen City Aden on Wednesday, shortly after the plane carrying a newly formed cabinet landed there, a security official said. At least 16 people were killed and 60 were injured in the explosion.
Yemeni Communication Minister Naguib al-Awg, who was also on the plane, told The Associated Press that he heard two explosions, suggesting they were drone attacks. Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed and the others were quickly whisked from the airport to Mashiq Palace in the city.
“It would have been a disaster if the plane was bombed,” he said, insisting the plane was the target of the attack as it was supposed to land earlier.
Saeed tweeted that he and his cabinet were safe and unhurt. He called the explosions a “cowardly terrorist act” that was part of the war on “the Yemeni state and our great people.”
at least 16 people were killed in the explosion and 60 were wounded.
Many ministers rush back into the plane or run down the stairs, seek protection.
Thick smoke rises into the air from near the terminal building. Officials at the scene said they saw the corpse lying in Tarmac and elsewhere at the airport.
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