Suicide bomber kills 54 in Yemen attack:
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[August 29, 2016]
ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - A suicide
bomber killed at least 54 people when he drove a car bomb into a militia
compound in Aden on Monday, the health ministry said, in one of the
deadliest attacks claimed by Islamic State in the southern Yemeni port
The director general of Yemen's health ministry in Aden, al-Khader
Laswar, told Reuters that at least 67 other people were wounded in the
attack in the city's Mansoura district.
The militant Islamic State group said in a statement carried by its Amaq
news agency one of its suicide bombers carried out the bombing.
"Around 60 dead in a martyrdom operation by a fighter from Islamic State
targeting a recruitment center in Aden city," the statement said,
without giving further details.
A security source said the attack targeted a school compound where
conscripts of the Popular Committees, forces allied to President
Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, were gathered for breakfast.
Witnesses said the suicide bomber entered the compound behind a truck
that had brought breakfast for the conscripts, who had queued for the
Ambulance sirens wailed throughout the morning as they ferried
casualties to a hospital run by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres
(MSF), which was overwhelmed by the number of casualties. An MSF
spokesperson said the hospital received at least 45 bodies and more than
60 wounded people.
Islamist militants, including Islamic State, have exploited an
18-month-old civil war between the Houthi movement and Hadi's
supporters, attacking senior officials, religious figures, security
forces and compounds of the Saudi-led Arab military coalition which
Last month, the governor of the southern Yemeni city of Aden survived a
car bomb attack targeting his convoy, the latest attempt on the city's
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Soldiers gather at the site of an attack by a suicide bomber who
drove a car laden with explosives into a compound run by local
militias in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen August 29, 2016.
In May, a suicide bomber killed at least 40 army recruits and
injured 60 others when he rammed a booby-trapped car at recruits
lined up to enlist for military service at a compound in Aden.
Hadi's supporters, who accuse former President Ali Abdullah Saleh of
using Islamist militants to target the internationally-recognized
president, have launched a series of raids in recent weeks to try to
stem the violence, seizing dozens of people suspected of involvement
in attacks across the city.
In eastern Yemen, forces loyal to Hadi, backed by troops from the
United Arab Emirates, drove members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula from the city of Mukalla in a military operation in May.
(Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf; Writing by Hadeel Al Sayegh and
Sami Aboudi; Editing by Toby Chopra)
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