Five killed and injured in a roadside bomb blast‏

A roadside bomb blast in Yemen's southern province of Lahj killed two children and wounded three others injured on Monday, Xinhua reported .

"A roadside bomb exploded near a residential building in downtown Lahj province, leaving two children killed and three others injured in the area," a security official told the agency on condition of anonymity.

 "All the victims were members of one family and accidentally walked through a roadside bomb placed near their house, " he added.

"Terrorist elements were apparently planning to target a security commander living in the same neighborhood," he said.

Witnesses told Xinhua that the roadside bomb caused a huge explosion in the center of Lahj province.

Yemen has been locked into a civil war since late 2014. In 2015 the Saudi-led Arab coalition entered the country to support the Yemeni legitimate government headed by President Abed Rabbo Mansor Hadi.

The fifth-year civil war has killed more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, displaced 3 million others, and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.