IS car bomb kills 8 guards in Ye­men

Mid Day - - WORLD - ANKARA:

Ira­nian of­fi­cials said there was lit­tle chance of find­ing more sur­vivors from the earth­quake that shook parts of western Iran on Sun­day, killing at least 450 peo­ple, and res­cue oper­a­tions had now been called off, state tele­vi­sion said on Tues­day.

Sur­vivors, many left home­less by the 7.3 mag­ni­tude earth­quake that struck vil­lages and towns in a moun­tain­ous area bor­der­ing Iraq, bat­tled overnight tem­per­a­tures just above freez­ing and faced an­other bleak day on Tues­day in need of food and wa­ter.

Pres­i­dent Hassan Rouhani No. of peo­ple killed in the quake Num­ber of houses dam­aged in the quake ar­rived in the morn­ing in the stricken area in Ker­man­shah prov­ince and promised that the gov­ern­ment would “use all its power to resolve the prob­lems in the short­est time”.

At least 14 prov­inces in Iran were af­fected by the quake, which de­stroyed two whole vil­lages, dam­aged 30,000 houses and left thou­sands of peo­ple in­jured. Thou­sands of peo­ple hud­dled in makeshift camps while many oth­ers chose to spend a sec­ond night in the open, de­spite low tem­per­a­tures, be­cause they feared more tremors af­ter some 193 af­ter­shocks, state tele­vi­sion said.

Tele­vi­sion showed res­cue work­ers comb­ing through the rub­ble of dozens of vil­lages im­me­di­ately af­ter the quake. But Ira­nian of­fi­cials said chances of find­ing any more sur­vivors were re­mote.

The Is­lamic State group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for a car bomb­ing that se­cu­rity sources said killed 10 peo­ple, in­clud­ing civil­ians, at a se­cu­rity post in Ye­men’s gov­ern­ment bas­tion of Aden yes­ter­day.

The ji­hadist group claimed the at­tack in the south­ern port city via the en­crypted mes­sag­ing app Tele­gram, adding that a Ye­meni sui­cide bomber had det­o­nated the ve­hi­cle. Aden’s se­cu­rity chief said: “Eight mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces and two civil­ians were killed in a car bomb­ing in the cen­tral dis­trict of Ab­dul Aziz.”

“There are a large num­ber of wounded, some of them in se­ri­ous con­di­tion,” Brigadier Sha­lal Shaya said, at­tribut­ing the blast to a car bomb. Wit­nesses ear­lier said they heard a loud ex­plo­sion fol­lowed by gun­fire at the main of­fice of UAE-trained se­cu­rity forces in charge of guard­ing sta­te­owned fa­cil­i­ties. The Zayed bin Sul­tan mosque, which is lo­cated near the se­cu­rity of­fice and funded by the United Arab Emi­rates, was also dam­aged in the at­tack.

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An Ira­nian man rests as he lies atop sal­vaged mat­tresses and items in the town of Sar­pol-e Za­hab.

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Ye­meni fire­fight­ers douse flames fol­low­ing the ex­plo­sion.

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