A Shiite rebel group spokesman says a suicide car bomber struck Shiite mourners heading to a funeral in northern Yemen, killing at least two people.

Mohammed Abdel-Salam says the bomber attacked the convoy traveling Friday to Saada province to attend the funeral of Badr al-Hawthi, the father of the Shiite rebel group's leader. He says eight people were also wounded.

It's the second suicide bombing against Yemeni Shiites this week. On Wednesday, a suicide car bomb struck a convoy of Shiites on their way to a religious ceremony, killing 17 people.

Many Shiites in Yemen support the Hawthi rebels, who have long fought government troops.

Authorities blamed al-Qaida for Wednesday's attack — the terror network's first reported strike against Yemeni Shiites.