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Yemen's prime minister accuses rebels, Iran of deadly Aden airport blast

Yemen's prime minister accuses rebels, Iran of deadly Aden airport blast
Yemen's prime minister renewed accusations on Thursday that the country's Shiite rebels and Iran were responsible for the deadly explosion at the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden the previous day that killed at least 25 people and wounded 110.

"Preliminary investigations indicate that Houthi militias stand behind this crime," Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed said as the newly reshuffled Cabinet convened for the first time in Aden."Intelligence also indicates that some Iranian experts were prepping for such an operation over the last few months," Saeed said Thursday."We were supposed to begin by discussing the government program but this is an extraordinary meeting due to yesterday's cowardly and treacherous attack," Saeed said, and asked his ministers to stand up silently for a moment to mourn the victims of the explosion.The explosion took place as Cabinet members were disembarking from a plane that had landed in Aden just minutes earlier on Wednesday.

None of the Cabinet members were hurt.Officials later on Wednesday reported a second explosion, close to a palace in the city where the Cabinet members were taken to following the airport attack.

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