Pakistani among three killed in Houthis drone attack near Abu Dhabi airport

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Dubai (Web Desk): At least three people including a Pakistani were killed in a suspected Yemen’s Houthis drone attack near Abu Dhabi International Airport on Monday.

According to WAM news agency, six people also wounded when three fuel tanker trucks exploded in industrial Musaffah area.

The Houthi movement, which is battling a Saudi-led coalition that includes the UAE, has frequently launched cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, but has claimed few such attacks on the UAE, mostly denied by Emirati authorities.

Three people were killed and six wounded when three fuel tanker trucks exploded in the industrial Musaffah area near storage facilities of oil firm ADNOC, state news agency WAM said. It said those killed were two Indians and a Pakistani.

Unverified footage on social media showed a thick plume of black smoke billowing from what appeared to be the Musaffah area.

“Initial investigations found parts of a small plane that could possibly be a drone at both sites that could have caused the explosion and the fire,” Abu Dhabi police said in a statement, adding there was no “significant damage”.

The Houthi’s military spokesman said the group launched a military operation “deep in the UAE” and would announce details in coming hours.

The move could heighten tensions between the UAE and Iran after outreach to Tehran by Abu Dhabi to avoid any regional conflict that could hurt the OPEC producer's economic ambitions.