Pakistani among three killed in drone attack in Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI – Three people were killed and six wounded as a suspected drone attack blew up petrol tanks near a major oil storage facility in Abu Dhabi, state media said on Monday. The explosions “resulted in the death of a Pakistani national and two Indian nationals, and six others sustained mild to moderate injuries,” according to state news agency WAM.
Abu Dhabi police identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani. It did not identify the wounded, who police said suffered minor or moderate wounds.
While Abu Dhabi police did not immediately offer any suspects for the possible assault, Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for an attack targeting the United Arab Emirates, without elaborating. The Iranian-backed Houthis had claimed several attacks that Emirati officials later denied took place.
Police said the other blast struck three petroleum transport tankers near a storage facility for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. in the Musaffah area.
The neighbourhood, 22 kilometres (13 miles) from the centre of Abu Dhabi city, also has an oil pipeline network and 36 storage tanks, from which transport trucks carry fuel nationwide.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels claim responsibility for deadly attack
On Monday, Houthi military spokesman Yahia Sarei said the group launched an attack deep in the UAE. He did not provide further details, saying a statement would be released soon.
The location of the ADNOC storage facility where the tankers caught fire is approximately 1,800kms (1,100 miles) northeast of Saada, the Houthis’ stronghold in Yemen. Meanwhile, the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation condemned the suspected drone attack and vowed to punish the perpetrators.