Ten civilians and members of the police were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bombing in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, said police sources.
ISIS’ affiliate in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack that took place at a building in the Sheikh Othman district in the central part of the city.
Residents several kilometers (miles) away heard a large explosion and saw thick black smoke rising from the area.
The attack caused panic in this densely populated area, which is busy with schools, markets and street vendors.
Ambulances rushed to the site, where the building was badly damaged, and debris and body parts littered the area.
According to medical officials, six soldiers were killed but officials believe the death toll will rise. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to the press.
ISIS claimed responsibility in an online statement, hours after the attack. It named the suicide bomber as Abu Hagar al-Adani, which indicates the attacker hailed from Aden.
The security building is an operations center for the UAE-trained Security Belt, a parallel body to the government's forces.