Bombs kill 47 Ye­meni po­lice in for­mer Qaeda bas­tion

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ADEN—A sui­cide bomb­ing claimed by the Is­lamic State group and a sec­ond at­tack killed 47 po­lice on Sun­day in the Ye­meni port of Mukalla where a year of Al-Qaeda rule was ended just last month, medics said.

It was the sec­ond at­tack in days claimed by IS in the city of 200,000 peo­ple which was re­cap­tured by gov­ern­ment forces from the ri­val ji­hadists of Al-Qaeda with US back­ing.

The sui­cide bomber killed at least 31 po­lice re­cruits on the south­west­ern out­skirts of the city, which is the cap­i­tal of Hadra­mawt province, medics said.

The bomber det­o­nated an ex­plo­sives belt as he joined a

line of men at a po­lice re­cruit­ment cen­tre, a pro­vin­cial of­fi­cial said. More than sixty peo­ple were also wounded in the at­tack in Fuwah dis­trict, a med­i­cal source said.

Hadra­mawt’s se­cu­rity chief, Gen­eral Mubarak al-Oubthani, who was at the re­cruit­ment cen­tre at the time of the at­tack but was not hurt, was the tar­get of a sec­ond bomb­ing when he headed to the cen­tre of Mukalla after­wards, a se­cu­rity of­fi­cial said.

The bomb went off as Oubthani walked out of his of­fice killing six of his guards but leav­ing him with only mi­nor in­juries, the of­fi­cial said.

An IS state­ment posted on­line claimed the sui­cide at­tack, the sec­ond but rare in­ter­ven­tion by the ji­hadist group in an area known as a strong­hold of ri­val Al-Qaeda.—AFP

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