Security officials and witnesses say a suicide attacker driving an explosives-laden car has blown himself up next to the passing convoy of Yemen’s Defence Minister, who escaped the attack unscathed.

Witnesses say the attacker blew his car up as Defence Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed’s convoy passed along the coastal highway in the southern city of Aden. The Ministry confirmed Mr. Ahmed survived the attack unharmed.

A security official says at least 10 people were wounded in Tuesday’s blast. It was not clear whether senior military officials were among the wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But Yemen’s military has been battling al-Qaeda-linked militants in southern Yemen who have taken advantage of the country’s ongoing political turmoil to seize control of towns and swaths of territory in the south.

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