Sanaa: Three people were killed in clashes triggered by a Shiite rebel attack on the headquarters of Yemen's Sunni Al-Islah party in the southwestern city of Ibb, security sources said today.
"Two guards at Al-Islah's office in Ibb were killed and others wounded in an attack launched late at night by the Huthis using automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades," the source told AFP.
A civilian was killed in the ensuing clashes, said another security source, adding that the rebels overran and looted the office before setting off a bomb inside it Saturday morning.
Al-Islah, which represents Yemen's Sunni majority tribes, has lost influence in the face of the Shiite rebellion that seized the city of Ibb last month.
The Huthis, also known as Ansarullah, overran the capital Sanaa on September 21 in a surprise offensive that later saw them take control of the port of Hudeida, and the provinces of Ibb and Dhamar.
They have been able to expand their territory largely unchallenged by government forces, and the only real resistance they have faced has come from Sunni tribes and Al-Qaeda.
Yemen has fallen deeper into turmoil since an uprising forced out autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012 after a year of unrest, with the Shiite rebels and Al-Qaeda battling each other.
Both sides have taken advantage of the lack of stability since Saleh's ouster to extend their sphere of influence in the country.