Suicide bomb­ing kills 60 at Ye­men army camp

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A SUICIDE car bomb­ing claimed by the Is­lamic State group killed at least 60 peo­ple yes­ter­day at an army re­cruit­ment cen­tre in Aden, in the lat­est ji­hadist at­tack on the Ye­meni city.

Aden is the tem­po­rary base of Ye­men’s in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised gov­ern­ment, which has been bat­tling Iran-backed rebels as well as ji­hadists for more than a year.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials told AFP that the at­tacker drove an ex­plo­sives­laden ve­hi­cle through a gate and into a gather­ing of army re­cruits at a school in north­ern Aden.

Al­though the school was locked as re­cruits reg­is­tered in­side, the at­tacker drove in when the gate was opened for a de­liv­ery ve­hi­cle, of­fi­cials said.

Wit­nesses said some re­cruits were buried when a roof col­lapsed fol­low­ing the blast, which also dam­aged build­ings close to the cen­tre.

The as­sault killed at least 60 peo­ple and wounded 29 oth­ers, med­i­cal sources told AFP.

At­tacks in the port city are of­ten claimed by ji­hadists from ei­ther alQaeda or the IS, who have both taken ad­van­tage of the chaos in Ye­men to make gains in south­ern and south­east­ern re­gions.

Ye­meni au­thor­i­ties have trained hun­dreds of sol­diers in Aden over the past two months as part of op­er­a­tions to re­take neigh­bour­ing south­ern prov­inces from ji­hadists.

Ear­lier this month, Ye­meni gov­ern­ment forces backed by a Saudi-led coali­tion en­tered Abyan’s pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Zin­jibar.

The Arab coali­tion bat­tling Iran­backed rebels in Ye­men has also been pro­vid­ing troops with air cover through­out their war against the ji­hadists.

The coali­tion in­ter­vened in Ye­men in March last year and helped gov­ern­ment troops push the rebels out of Aden and four other south­ern prov­inces. –

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