Saturday 20 January 2018

Yemeni suicide bombers kill army recruits

People gather at the scene after a pair of suicide bombings attack in the city of Aden in Yemen. (AP)
People gather at the scene after a pair of suicide bombings attack in the city of Aden in Yemen. (AP)

Robert Tait in Cairo

At least 40 people, most of them army recruits, have been killed in two bomb attacks claimed by Isil in the Yemeni city of Aden.

In the first, a suicide bomber targeted young men queuing to enlist at the home of a senior army commander.

Shortly afterwards, there was a second blast at a nearby army base.

Aden is serving as the temporary home of Yemen’s government while it seeks to regain control of the capital, Sanaa, from the Houthi rebel movement.

Pro-government forces and troops from a Saudi-led coalition regained control of Aden last summer, but they have struggled to prevent deadly attacks by local affiliates of Isil and the rival jihadist group, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap).


In the first attack yesterday, a bomb exploded beside a group of recruits who were lined up outside the home of a general in the Khormaksar district, which acts as a bridge between the mainland and a peninsula where much of the city lies.

A bomb planted at the gate of the Badr army base exploded a short time later.

Brig-Gen Nasser, the commander of Yemen’s Special Security Forces, said 34 people had been killed in the first attack and seven in the second.

However, local officials said the first blast had left 40 dead and the second had caused no casualties.

One Aden resident described the scene of the suicide bombing as “horrible”, saying victims’ body parts had been blown dozens of metres away by the blast.

Isil later issued a statement on social media saying one of its members had blown himself up amid a group of “apostate soldiers” and that an improvised explosive device had been detonated nearby.

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