Suicide bomb kills 35 Ye­men sol­diers

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

ADEN: A suicide bomber killed 35 sol­diers and wounded around 50 more yes­ter­day at a mil­i­tary camp in Ye­men’s south­ern city of Aden, where ji­hadists are ac­tive, a mil­i­tary source said. The at­tacker det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives belt as hun­dreds of troops gath­ered to re­ceive their monthly pay at the bar­racks in Al-Sawla­ban near the city’s international air­port, the source said.

Se­cu­rity sources said ear­lier that a bomb planted by un­known in­di­vid­u­als had been be­hind the deadly ex­plo­sion. There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity. Ye­meni au­thor­i­ties have for months pressed a cam­paign against ji­hadists who re­main ac­tive in the south and east of the war-torn coun­try. The Is­lamic State group and its ji­hadist ri­val AlQaeda have taken ad­van­tage of a con­flict be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the Houthi rebels, who con­trol the cap­i­tal Sanaa, to bol­ster their pres­ence across much of the south.

IS and Al-Qaeda have car­ried out a spate of at­tacks in Aden, head­quar­ters of Ye­men’s in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized gov­ern­ment since al­lied fight­ers re­took the port city from the rebels last year. An IS mil­i­tant rammed his ex­plo­sives-laden car into an army re­cruit­ing cen­tre in Aden in Au­gust, killing 71 peo­ple in the dead­li­est ji­hadist at­tack on the city in over a year. On Mon­day, Ye­meni au­thor­i­ties ar­rested eight sus­pected IS ji­hadists im­pli­cated in a spate of at­tacks tar­get­ing se­cu­rity per­son­nel in the city this year. A Saudi-led coali­tion has since March 2015 sup­ported loy­al­ist forces fight­ing the rebels.

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