Sanaa: A car bomb struck a religious procession in an area of north Yemen where Shiite rebels have been active, killing 15 people on Wednesday, a rebel spokesman told a news agency.
"Fifteen people were killed and 30 others wounded in the car bombing that targeted a Shiite procession in Al-Jawf province," rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam told a news agency by telephone.
Abdulsalam said the attack targeted Shiites who were preparing to mark Al-Ghadeer, the day on which Shiites commemorate the annointment of Ali, one of the key figures of their faith, as successor to the Prophet Mohammed.
The anniversary has long been a source of contention between the Sunni and Shiite branches of the faith.
The rebel spokesman did not rule out that the attack could have been a suicide bombing.