Scores killed in Ye­men sui­cide bomb­ing

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A SUI­CIDE car bomb at­tack on an army train­ing camp in Ye­men’s sec­ond city of Aden killed at least 45 peo­ple, med­i­cal sources say.

A se­cu­rity source said that the at­tacker drove his ve­hi­cle into a gath­er­ing of new re­cruits at the camp in north­ern Aden on Mon­day.

The blast killed 45 peo­ple and wounded 29 oth­ers, med­i­cal sources said from the three hos­pi­tals where vic­tims were taken. Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials had said ear­lier that the death toll was 11. “It’s a mas­sacre. This is the high­est death toll in any at­tack that hap­pened in Aden be­fore,” Hakim Al­mas­mari, ed­i­tor-in-chief of Ye­men Post news­pa­per, said.

The port city, the tem­po­rary base of Ye­men’s Arab Gulf-backed govern­ment, has seen a wave of bomb­ings and shoot­ings tar­get­ing of­fi­cials and se­cu­rity forces.

Later on Mon­day, the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL) group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

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

Ear­lier this month, Ye­men govern­ment forces en­tered Abyan’s pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Zin­jibar.

Troops re­took other towns across Abyan but have been met by fierce re­sis­tance in a key al-Qaeda strong­hold, Al-Mah­fid, a town which lies fur­ther east, se­cu­rity sources said.

The fight­ers are still present in ar­eas sur­round­ing the re­cap­tured towns and con­trol large parts of the neigh­bour­ing Shabwa province, the sources say. — AFP

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