A bomb struck the car of a female journalist working for Radio Free Yemen at a checkpoint outside the capital city of Sanaa. The explosion left her and her pregnant colleague, photographer Maryam Taab, dead and her bodyguard and police chief injured.
The journalist was about to leave the car and enter a building before the blast and had not yet passed through security before it occurred. Three other journalists were wounded in the attack.
Saudi Arabia is widely considered to be behind the bombing. In January, Yemen’s government called Saudi Arabia “terrorists” and “forces of war” after they shelled a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in the city of Taiz that had been caring for wounded Houthi rebels in February. That attack killed 30 people.
Radio Free Yemen reported that the station owner, Ahmad bin Saad al-Maliki, had been injured in the bombing and the cameraman was also critically wounded. The station reported that the bombing followed a meeting between Radio Free Yemen and Saudi Arabia.