Suicide bombing kills 60 at Yemen army camp
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. –