A suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint manned by Shi’ite Muslim fighters in northern Yemen on Friday, killing at least three people, officials and local people said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the sources said the attack in al Jawf province bore the hallmarks of Sunni Islamist al Qaeda militants, who have carried out similar attacks on northern Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthi tribal group in the past.

A Houthi source said the attacker had been heading for a Houthi cultural centre but when stopped at the checkpoint nearby, he detonated the car there. He said two Houthis were killed in the blast. […]