Yemenis welcome members of the new unity government before explosions rocked the Aden airport. AFP
Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack at Aden airport in Yemen, targeting the cabinet members of the newly formed government in the country.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan extend sincere condolences on the loss of precious lives and wished speedy recovery for the injured.
"We believe this attack was not just condemnable as an act of senseless violence and terrorism, it was also reprehensible as an attempt to undermine the recent efforts by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and its positive results, that aimed at fostering enhanced peace and security in Yemen," read the statement.
Pakistan has urged the international community to ensure respect for the territorial integrity of Yemen and to support efforts aimed at promoting peace and security in the country.
At least 26 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in an attack on Aden airport, shortly after a plane carrying Yemen's newly-formed cabinet members arrived from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
Loud blasts and gunfire were heard at the airport shortly after the plane arrived from Riyadh, witnesses said. Two security sources gave the toll of casualties. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
The cabinet members including Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, as well as Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Said Al Jaber, were transferred safely to the city's presidential palace, the witnesses and Saudi media said.
Sultan Al Burkani, Speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, praised the efforts of the member countries of the Arab Coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to support Yemen.
Saudi forces on Friday intercepted five drones launched by Iran-aligned Yemeni rebels, a Riyadh-led military coalition said, in a second assault on an airport in the kingdom's southwest in two days.
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