Armed Islamists on Wednesday attacked a hotel in Aden that they suspected of hosting prostitutes and set it on fire, causing the death of two who tried to escape from windows, Yemeni police said.
The gunmen opened fire on workers at the Layali Dubai (Dubai Nights) hotel, in the Sanafir neighbourhood in the southern city, "before they set the hotel on fire, causing the death of two and injuring 15 guests," a police official told AFP.
Witnesses said many guests fell as they used ropes to escape from upper floors of the five-storey hotel, which more than 10 gunmen had set on fire.
A medic at Jomhuriya hospital said 13 people suffering broken bones were admitted.
Al-Qaeda linked militants are active in southern Yemen, where lawless regions have became safe havens for the the local branch of the jihadist network.