7 Houthis killed in central Yemen attack

SANAA – Seven members of the Shiite Houthi group were killed Wednesday in an attack in Yemen's central Radaa city, a security source has said.

"[Unidentified people] fired shells at the house of a pro-Houthi tribal leader, where Houthis had gathered, killing seven of them," the source told The Anadolu Agency.

He said a number of Houthis were also injured in the attack.

According to the source, the attack carried the hallmark of al-Qaeda group.

The Houthis seized control of Yemeni capital Sanaa in September of 2014 before moving on to establish control over other parts of the country as well.

The rise of the Houthis has pitted the Shiite group against local Sunni tribes and Al-Qaeda, the latter of which is said to remain active in Yemen.

Yemen has remained in the throes of turmoil since President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in 2012 under pressure from a months-long popular uprising against his 33-year rule.

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