At least six Yemeni soldiers and three militants died in a raid on a major army headquarters in Aden on Wednesday, medics and local media said, the latest in a string of attacks by Islamist militants exploiting turmoil in the country.

State news agency Saba quoted a security source in the city as saying al Qaeda militants tried to storm the army’s Fourth Division headquarters in Aden’s al-Tawahi district after detonating a car laden with explosives outside the main gate.

The security source told Saba the attack had been foiled, but a medical source at a nearby military hospital told Reuters that the bodies of six soldiers were brought into the facility after the incident.