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Abu Dhabi: Three people, including two Indian nationals, were killed and six were injured in a series of explosions on Monday by Houthi rebels in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital Abu Dhabi.

The attack reportedly took place near the Abu Dhabi airport.

Two Indians and a Pakistani national were killed and at least six injured when three petroleum tanker trucks caught fire after a fire broke out near a major oil storage facility in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, according to official state news. Have become. Agency WAM.

“Two Indian civilians have been killed in the blast and we are trying to ascertain their identities.” India’s envoy to the United Arab Emirates, Sanjay Sudhiri As quoted by news agency ANI.

WAM reported that Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack, which was suspected to have been carried out by drones.

UAE officials have informed that 3 people, including 2 Indian nationals, have been killed in an explosion in Musafa near ADNOC’s storage tank. Mission @IndembAbuDhabi is in close touch with relevant UAE authorities for further details,” tweeted the Indian Mission in UAE.

Abu Dhabi Police said the explosions in three oil tankers and a fire at the construction site of the emirate’s new airport extension were likely caused by drones.

“The fire provoked the explosion of three tanks for transporting fuel in the Misfa area near the fuel depot of the Emirati state-owned company ADNOC,” police said in a statement.

“In addition, a small fire broke out in the construction area of ​​the new airport in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.

As per the initial version, it happened as a result of a drone hit,” the police said.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sari told Almasira broadcaster that the Yemeni rebel group would soon reveal details about “a special military operation conducted in the heart of the United Arab Emirates”.

The UAE has been part of a Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015. It intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 2015 as part of an Arab coalition, but reduced its operations in 2019, according to WAM.

First Published:January 17, 2022, 8:07 PM

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